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Department
English
Course Code
ENGLISH 3D03
Professor
Anne Savage

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THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU
1. By H.G. Wells, 1896
FEARS AND ANXIETIES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND KNOWLEDGE
2. FEAR OF CHANGE
3. ANXIETY ABOUT POTENTIAL DISTURBANCES IN HUMAN CERTAINTY
4. THE EROSION OF BOUNDARIES BETWEEN CATEGORIES (‘HUMAN’
AND ‘ANIMAL’)
5. HORROR AT THE UNCANNY
THE UNCANNY?
6. ‘The uncanny’ is that which cannot be but is, for example a dead person ‘cannot
be’ alive, and yet we’ve created figures like zombies and vampires the ‘Undead’
(but not exactly ‘alive’)
7. In The Island of Doctor Moreau the categories of human and animal have both
been destabilized.
8. The film based on the book, 1996, director and cast members
THE HORROR GENRE OF FILM, LITERATURE AND VIDEOGAME
DEPENDS ON THE UNCANNY.
9. P.6: “a misshapen man, short, broad, and clumsy, with a crooked back, a hairy
neck, and a head sunk between his shoulders.”
10. “The black face startled me profoundly singularly deformed
11. The facial part projected, forming something dimly suggestive of a muzzle, and
the huge half-open mouth showed as big white teeth as I have ever seen in a
human mouth.”
12. “He spoke slowly, with a hoarse quality in his voice.
THROUGHOUT, WELLS PLACES LANGUAGE, WHICH IS CATEGORICALLY
AMBIGUOUS.
13. The man (Montgomery’s servant) is human
1. “a misshapen man”
2. “dimly suggestive of a muzzle”
3. “as big white teeth as I have ever seen in a human mouth”
1. The man thus described is drawn into both categories, though the human
dominates.
REVERSING CERTAINTIES:
1. “It may seem a little thing to you, perhaps, but it came like a sudden blow to
me The creature’s face was turned for one brief instant I saws that the eyes
that glanced at me shone with a pale light.” p. 12
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