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'The last tiger must be wary, she must be strong, she must be crafty and ruthless and wise.' (P 66) In his role as the hunter, does M become inhuman?

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Introduction

'The last tiger must be wary, she must be strong, she must be crafty and ruthless and wise.' (P 66) In his role as the hunter, does M become inhuman? M completely swallows the role of the hunter, making himself 'wary... strong... crafty... ruthless and wise' (P 66) thus becoming inhuman. M is comparative of himself and the tiger; the tiger is inhuman. M acts contrary to humans being social animals. M does not display the basic traits and principles that make one human. M becomes not human in nature or quality; he becomes 'the natural man' (P 58). M finds himself to be similar to the thylacine. ...read more.

Middle

M is extremely cruel in his role as the hunter. He is 'ruthless'; he will complete his mission at any cost, '...virus or antidote, M does not know, cannot know and does not want to know...' (P 40) He is unaffected by the potentially devastating effect his mission may have on humanity. He is not concerned with the future of humankind. M kills the last thylacine; he ends the chain and brings it to extinction. 'Quickly, and without thinking, he lifts his rifle and shoots her in the head.' (P 164) This act is inhuman; to not think of the cruelty he has chosen for the tiger: to end its species. ...read more.

Conclusion

Contradictory to his life, he states, 'if a man's life were an island it would be uninhabitable.' (P 139) M is inhuman. He no longer possesses human characteristics, he long ago metamorphosed himself into the hunter - a 'natural man, who can see and hear what other men cannot.' (P 161) He also became to think like a ruthless hunter, a life purely directed on expediency. M is abnormal in a way we would consider we abnormal to human, that is to say, that despite all the abnormalities enclosed in the human race we view M as inhuman for his 'abnormalities' outweigh his minute normality. M is an abnormal that is not normal for us; he is of a kind alien to our society. ...read more.

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