setting of story
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The setting of this short novel is almost entirely on an uncharted island populated by Moreau and his experimental monstrosities. Much of the story takes place in a structure where the main character is housed once his ship crashes, a structure wherein experiments are conducted as well. Part of the significance of the setting is the suggestion of a "state of nature" - there is no normal civilization here, and so does Moreau try to create a new ethical system where life itself justifies life, and science justifies science. The protagonist is posed between accepting what he sees and relying on the values of the civilized world to which he hopes to return.