Instructions for Blog #4 – The Island of Doctor Moreau

H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau could be categorized into many genres: Victorian, science fiction, satire, dystopia, Gothic, adventure novel, or even scientific discourse.  How does reading Moreau differ when you read it as one of these genres over the others?  Does Prendick’s actions (or the tale itself) make more sense if you think of it as a Victorian text or as a Gothic text?  Science fiction? Satire?  How does genre play in this story.

In your post #4 on Moreau, choose a “genre” that you believe Moreau fits, and then defend that choice with textual evidence and analysis, i.e., use quotations from the text (citing them, of course) and analyze those quotations to prove your choice.

Think about our class discussion regarding plays, adventure novels, and fairy tales.  What was difference between the plays, The Tempest and An Enemy of the People, and the novel Robinson Crusoe (and perhaps the novella The Death of Ivan Ilych)?  What was the difference between the plays and the fairy tales we read, especially when you think about the fairy tales being a text “written down” and a text “told” or performed?

As usual make sure to do the following:

  • Give your post a good title.
  • Add tags (keywords) to the post.
  • Posts must be at least 250 words.
  • Posts must include at least one quotation from The Island of Doctor Moreau.
  • Stay focused on answering the prompt question above. Avoid repeating the question and be as specific as possible in your answer.  Remember to clarify the importance of your post.  Don’t just tell us that something is “important”; rather explain why it is important.
  • Make an argument.  Don’t summarize the text.
  • Use specific moments from Moreau (or other texts if applicable) to support and illustrate your argument.
  • Be sure to introduce, quote, cite, and comment on all quotations.

This response is due before class on Tuesday, February 8th. Blog comments (at least 2) are due before class on Thursday, February 10th.


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