The Island of Doctor Moreau - Q3: Assisted Evolution?
“With all his noble qualities… with all these exalted powers, man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin”
The above is a quote is actually from Darwin's The Descent of Man, published in 1871, a work that surely inspired Wells. Moreau is clearly trying to step outside of the natural course of evolution. Is he trying to accelerate the process, or to do something else? What future do these uplifted animals have? What future do the humans in the story have? Evolution is usually seen in opposition to the bible, but is that how it's presented here? Were evolution and Christianity in opposition in 1896 as they are now?