The Sophisticated Cannibal
In both ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ and ‘The Time Machine’ there are both mentions of cannibalism and how it was seen as barbaric and primitive. The beast-man that does kill the rabbit has to do it in the jungle at night since it was against the rule (1). Dr. Moreau even puts laws into place that ban eating any meat or fish, since it is seen a brutish (2). However, almost a decade after the publishing of the books, there was the birth of a cultured and educated cannibal: Hannibal Lector. Given life by Thomas Harris, and later became a horror icon through Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal, Hannibal Lector has the image of being a very well educated psychiatrist, knowing several languages, cooking marvelously lavish meals and was a member of the Baltimore elites before being arrested. In the most recent adaptation of his story in the TV show ‘Hannibal’ there are times when he cooks his meals where you are disgusted by the fact you know what the meat is, but you can’t help but admire the beautiful display that he makes of it when he places it on the mahogany table and has opera in the background. Personally, the image of Hannibal’s meal is much more terrifying for me than having a headless rabbit in the forest. That is expected for me than fine dining on long pig with some Chianti.(3)
1) Wells, H. G. “The Thing in the Forest.” In The Island of Doctor Moreau, 41. London: Penguin, 2005.
2) Wells, H. G. “The Sayers of the Law.” In The Island of Doctor Moreau, 59. London: Penguin, 2005.
3) “No Noms for ‘Hannibal’? Hide Your Livers, Emmy Voters!” Moviepilot.com. July 10, 2014. Accessed November 2, 2014.