Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and the Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Comparritive Essay

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Two Mad Scientists Trying to Play God
By Bonique Obermuller
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Terry Pratchett once said, “God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players.” In the novels Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells the characters Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Moreau are scientists who take their experiments too far. Both Victor and Moreau are very smart men who want to experiment with nature. Victor is smart and curious. Victor wants to fight disease and discover the mysteries of nature. Moreau is a very ruthless barbaric man who does not take the feelings of others into consideration.
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And it is here, on this very island, that I sir, have found the very essence of the Devil.” (The Island of Doctor Moreau) His work is different to Victors because it surrounds the concept of fabricating these grotesque part-human part animal hybrid creatures. It seems that Moreau wants to become a kind of God-like figure, and to rule over his new race of ‘people’. One can say that Moreau is an impatient man. It is understood that he wants to create life but the speed with which he wants to do is like that of God in the book of Genesis. He said, “Each time I dip a living creature into the bath of burning pain, I say, ‘This time I will burn out the entire animal, this time I will make a rational creature of my own. After all, what is ten years? Man has been a hundred thousand in the making” (The Island of Doctor Moreau 146-147). In his opinion one one hundred thousand years was much too long for him; like the God in the Christian Religion, create a problem-solving thinking creature with a conscience after the image of himself and other humans. Hence, both men in their own way demonstrate a scientist perusing their experimentations and trying to play an all-powerful God; and attempt to bend the laws of nature to fit their sinister agendas.

Although there are similarities between Victor and Moreau that cannot be ignored, the differences are also pronounced. Especially differences in character more so the difference in the way they perceive

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