The Island of Doctor Moreau - Q8: Communities
“Overboard,” said the captain. “This ship ain't for beasts and cannibals, and worse than beasts, any more. Overboard you go...”
We meet four communities in the novel. The first and smallest is that of the Lady Vain – a group of three men (one named Helman) with not enough food or water. The second is the ship, Ipecacuanha, where we first meet Montgomery, M'ling, and the Captain. Doctor Moreau's Island is the third, where we meet Moreau and the beasts. And lastly, Prendick returns home to England, where he struggles to find a place. What do these have in common? How are they different? Is there an allegory we can attribute to these four communities?