Human or Beast: Xenogeneic Creature’s Self-Identity from the Perspective of Ethics —A Case Study of The Island of Dr. Moreau

Yuxuan SONG, Dan CUI


This paper aims to study the Xenogeneic creature’s ethical choice from the perspective of scientific ethics and legal ethics by analyzing the existing problems, construction methods, and failure reasons of orc self-identity in The Island of Dr. Moreau. By analyzing the orcs’ survival dilemma, the author of this paper finds out that the orcs’ failure of self-identity is closely related to the lack of ethical constraints on scientific experiments and the lack of moral considerations in the formulation of laws.

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