The Lost World: Jurassic Park Essay

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Mongin 1Jake MonginMr. HydeEnglish II Pre-AP, Period 110/1/14The Lost WorldMichael CrichtonHave you ever had to re-visit one of your greatest fears, even though it was for the greater good? In the novel, The Lost World by Michael Crichton, that's just what Dr. Ian Malcolm had to do, but it involved deadly man-eating dinosaurs. Six years after the events of the first book of the duo, Jurassic Park, in which a company called InGen, which stands for International Genetic Technologies, created a dinosaur themed theme park- with real dinosaurs. Led by billionaire John Hammond on the fictional remote island Isla Nublar, the theme park remained secret from the general public except for a team sent to 'test drive' the park, paleontologists Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and John Hammonds grandchildren Tim and Alexis. Malcolm, also part of the team, was pessimistic about the whole thing, being that some dinosaurs ate flesh, and we, as humans, are made of flesh, and wanted to be sure about the safety of the park. After a spy from another company tried to make off with the codes behind the whole operation on Isla Nublar, he shut down the power to the park in order to escape in the disaster that followed only to be killed himself. Now, after almost six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end- the dinosaurs destroyed, and the park dismantled, sightings of unidentifiable creatures showing up on the Costa Rican shore, and a second island that harbored the dinosaurs has been revealed, Malcolm is tasked with going back to find out exactly what is happening to the animals that tried to kill him.Ian Malcolm was a mathematician at the University of Texas in Austin who specializes in chaos theory. He was hired by InGen, after giving a lecture on the theory of evolution, to join the team of scientists sent to 'test drive' the original Jurassic Park. Ever since the incident on the Isla Nublar, he has been suffering from severe PTSD and has had several operations after an injury he sustained on the island from raptors, so now he walks with a cane. After the billionaire genius Arthur Levine convinces him of the existence of the second InGen site that the dinosaurs have been flourishing in, he realizes that if he ever wants to go and see how they are still existing, after all those years, he will need to learn how to walk without his cane. But when Levine goes missing on a trip to the island, he and the engineers Levine hired to make the vehicles required for the trip, Doc Thorne and his assistant, Eddie, go to rescue him. Malcolm's character changes significantly in the first one hundred pages of the novel, going from a sarcastic, irritable man to a curious and regretful person, because he had not jumped on the opportunity to study the creatures sooner. Levine, on the other hand, quickly goes from...

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