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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau


by H. G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau Rules and Order Quotes

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Quote #7

[The Beast Folk] were really hypnotised; had been told certain things were impossible, and certain things were not to be done, and these prohibitions were woven into the texture of their minds beyond any possibility of disobedience or dispute. (15.4)

Sometimes we see rules as completely natural when in fact they aren't. We think, "of course, that's the way it should be." However, as Prendick has discovered, it only seems natural because we've been raised to think that. We've been "hypnotised," so to speak.

Quote #8

"Not to suck your Drink; that is the Law. Much the brutes care for the Law, eh—when Moreau's not about?" (16.28)

Okay, to be honest, Montgomery's rhetorical question has a point here. If society's rules were naturally a part of us, then wouldn't we follow them regardless of who was around or what the punishment was? Wait, did we just answer a rhetorical question with a rhetorical question?

Quote #9

"You cannot see [Moreau]. But he can see you. Fear the Law." (18.16)

Moreau becomes a true god in the eyes of the Beast Folk. So long as they think he's always watching, they'll obey the rules. Of course, he isn't, but that doesn't make the idea any less powerful. The whole point here is that fear, not morality, is what keeps these guys in check.

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