Beast Allusions of the Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau’ is a sci-fi novel written by H.G.Wells, a famous English writer, in 1896. H. W. Wells, called often as a father of science fiction, was a good specialist in biology, and it is not surprising that one of his best works was closely connected with the biology of beasts and human ethnic aspects.

This outstanding novel of H. W. Wells is full of hyperbolized allusions. Allusion, as we know, is a stylistic figure of speech, meaning or hinting at some object or situation from the outside context. Literary allusions are close to various types of parody.

In our opinion, almost all personages from the shocking island of Dr. Moreau bring some kinds of allusions. First of all, it relates to Beast Folk. The sharp contrast between these half animal and half humanoid creatures, who had some human, as well as animal features, and civilized people with high ethic standards, such as main hero Edward Prendick, makes an allusion to the fact that people who follow just only low instincts, without high morale, turn into Beast folk, who ignore any norms of the civilized society, and prefer to act according to jungle laws, the laws of animal survival so far.

Hyena –swine. Among the brightest figures from Beast Folk, we can single out this being, a hybrid of hyena and swine, made by Doctor Moreau, who chased Edward Prendick and tried to kill him. Even the name of this creature makes an allusion on those people

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