Technolosaurous Rex: Crichton and "Jurassic Park" 12th Grade
An ancient world re-created on a private island. Plants and animals genetically engineered in secret. Man-made dinosaurs – living – towering as tall as buildings. Every once in a while comes a novel so enchanting that even the most skeptical of readers begin to believe in the possibility of its contents. Michael Crichton accomplishes just this in his thrilling novel, Jurassic Park. The scientific ideas and aspects integrated into this novel have such truth even today. While the creation of dinosaurs may seem a bit outlandish at first thought, this accomplishment isn’t far off from the nature defying discoveries our scientists are currently making. With recent advances in cloning, the astonishing ability of creating a life form, and geoengineering, the alteration of the very structure of our earth, it’s easy to see that science has opened up opportunities far beyond our comprehension. As Jurassic Park progresses, readers learn more about the advances and hazards of modern technology and develop a sense of Crichton’s message that scientists are becoming more and more irrational and irresponsible; we as humans are essentially trying to “play God” and have lost our respect for nature entirely.
Though Michael Crichton’s novel may be...
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