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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

by H. G. Wells

Rules and Order Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

A horrible fancy came into my head that Moreau, after animalizing these men, had infected their dwarfed brains with a kind of deification of himself. (12.23)

The thought never occurs to Prendick that maybe these Beast Folk deified Moreau on their own. They might have done this to give their rules a context greater than themselves. He does, after all, kind of act like a God for them.

Quote #5

Punishment is sharp and sure. Therefore, learn the Law. Say the words. (12.47)

The message is pretty simple here: learn the rules or you're going to get it good. Any questions?

Quote #6

There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary, and he taught the [Ape Man] to read, or at least to pick out letters, and gave him some rudimentary ideas of morality, […]." (14.32)

The Ape Man does not come up with his rules on his own. Instead, they're passed down to him from the Kanakas boy, and then the Ape Man makes them his own. Have you ever thought about the fact that many rules that seem perfectly natural were in fact taught to you? It's actually quite a staggering revelation when you think about it.

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