Differences between Beasts and Humans In "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

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There are many differences between beasts and humans in the book, "The Island of Dr. Moreau," by H.G. Wells. The differences are: beasts cannot tell when humans or other beasts are lying to them, beasts cannot speak as well as humans, and beasts must abide by "the Law."

Beasts cannot tell when humans or other beasts are lying to them. An example of this, in the story of "The Island of Dr. Moreau," is when Prendick is telling over what "really happened to Dr. Moreau to the beast people on page 80, "Children of the Law, he is not dead," and later he says, "'He has changed his shape--he has changed his body' I went on. ' For a time you will not see him. He is... there'--I pointed upward--'where he can watch you. You cannot see him. But he can see you. Fear the Law.'".

In essence, he tells them that Moreau can still see whatever they do and that "the Law" that Moreau created still lives. The beast people believed him and some of them even still followed "the Law" even though they thought that Moreau was dead originally.

Beasts cannot speak as well as humans. To prove this, H. G. Wells makes the beast people, in the end of the book, turn back into beasts. The beasts start to forget how to talk and they forget how to walk on two legs. The beasts revert to living in their own lairs, unlike before when all of the beast people lived together. The beasts also start to forget how to talk to each other as they did when Dr. Moreau was alive. Right from the beginning, the book shows that the beast people did not talk right and did not know how to count.