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Themes In Jurassic Park

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Themes in Jurassic Park Released in 1993, Steven Spielberg's ground breaking summer blockbuster 'Jurassic Park' contains many themes, such as parenthood, money and greed, and the ethics of science. In this essay I will explore these themes and show how the director illustrated them in this film. In the film, Jurassic Park's owner John Hammond is being sued millions of dollars after a man is eaten by one of the raptors at his park. The lawyers say that in order to keep it running he needs endorsement from experts. Hammond seeks out the help of Palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant and his girlfriend Palaeobotanist Ellie Satler. The two of them, along with physicist Dr Iain Malcolm, are flown to Jurassic Park and are initially stunned by the huge, genetically engineered dinosaurs. However, when the dinosaurs escape and leave them fighting for their lives they decide not to endorse the park after all. ...read more.

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It is almost as if Spielberg is mocking today's society and our need for material things. Money and greed are bad in the film and in the end; the greedy people - the lawyer and Dennis Nedrey - are eaten. In 'Jurassic Park," another theme explored is the ethics of science. From the beginning we see how enthusiastic John Hammond is about his park - he thinks what they are doing is absolutely incredible. Iain Malcolm accused him of standing "on the shoulders of geniuses." He took things that other scientists had discovered, then left alone, and used them to genetically engineer dinosaurs. He did all this because he could, but he didn't stop to think about if he actually should. Iain Malcolm on the other hand is totally against the park from the beginning. When in the lab he asks how they make sure that the animals don't breed. ...read more.

Conclusion

The lawyer runs away leaving Timmy and Lex alone in a car, and the T Rex attacks it tipping it off the high road onto a tree down below. Here, Alan takes on the role of their protector. He leads the dinosaur away with a torch, and then rescues Timmy from the tree. From here onwards the children trust him and he protects them. As the three of them head back to the main building at the park the journey they take is almost a metaphorical journey of how Alan Grant feels about children. Alan, Timmy and Lex sleep in a huge tree that night and in the morning Alan throws away the raptor claw that he scared the boy with in the beginning. This is symbolic of him not wanting to scare children but wanting to look after them. In the helicopter on their way back to America Alan cuddles Lex and Timmy and shares a knowing smile with Ellie, as if to say "Yes, I like children now." This is the end of the Journey. ...read more.

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