Jurrasic Park

Jurrasic Park Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Number of pages: 399 Original Copyright Date:1990 Date Completed: Oct 25 Publisher: Ballantine Books Plot Summary The Story takes place on an Island off the Coast of Costa Rica. Where A very wealthy man, John Hammond, Has set up A Genetically engineered Dinosaur preserve. Before he opens this living attraction to the public(only the people who can afford it) He needs people, who he thinks will be good judges of the Park. He brings them in and begins to awe them with the sights of real dinosaurs. One of the visitors, Ian Malcolm, predicts that this is impossible to accomplish. For he says there are flaws in the system, and according to his chaos theory these animals cannot be predicted.

While they are in awe one of the computer programmers, Dennis Nedry, Is secretly planning to steal dinosaur embryos from the park and sell them to a company that is trying to stay in business with Hammond. The only way Nedry can obtain these embryos id to shut down the park power so he can sneak into the freezing chamber. He does while the other visitors are touring the park, and everything goes wrong from there. As he is racing to get to the dock, where a boat is waiting to take the embryos, He realizes that he has gone the wrong way. He gets out of the car to try and figure out where he is and he’s attacked and killed by one of the dinosaurs. Now the power is out and all the animals can get out of the no longer electrified fences.

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The others are stopped in front of the T-Rex holding area and he breaks through and attacks them. Everyone flees and is scattered through the park. The animals begin attacking the control building. Since all the power is out there is no way to stop them. One of the Scientists, Wu, finds that the once all female dinosaurs are beginning to breed.

They think they got the power back on so they try to put all the animals back in their holding areas. Little did they know that the whole time the park was running on auxiliary power, and once this power ran out they could not restore the main power. When all the power finally ran out the animals began attacking full forced now. The only way to get the park running again was to have someone manually turn on another auxiliary power generator so they could get the main power running again. Two people died attempting this and finally one succeeded. They got power on and were able to call the Costa Rican government to come in and rescue them out. Once they were flying away bombs were dropped on the island and it was totally destroyed. Characters There were many main characters in Jurassic Park.

First there was Alan Grant, a Paleontologist who was about 5′ 11′, thin, and was very interested in dinosaurs. He didn’t have any strong opinion about the park except that he was so excited to see real dinosaurs. Next there was Ellen Sattler, She was Grant’s partner in digs. She was very beautiful, but very active and strong. She seemed to be very interested in this amazing new world of the dinosaurs. Next there was Ian Malcolm, a tall mathematician who always wore black.

He had very strong opinions opposing the park. He knew things would go wrong but no one listened to him. I enjoyed his way of proving everything he said. Next there was John Hammond, a very stubborn old man who insists that his park is fine. He constantly shuns away suggestions of how to make his park better.

Next there are a brother and sister, Tim and Alexis. Tim is ten and very smart for his age. He tries to do what he can to help and stays out of the way when he can’t. He said sister Alexis is just the opposite, She is young, immature, and is constantly getting in the way. She thinks this whole thing is a game and does whatever entertains her regardless of other people.

Conflict The conflict was that man created dinosaurs without thinking. Now the dinosaurs were trying to live freely and in the process trying to destroy the barriers in the way which happen to be the men that created them. I believe that we should not temper with things that are living and unpredictable. I was not satisfied in the way this problem was solved. After the men created dinosaurs they were trying to survive on instinct and the men got scared and decided to obliterate the helpless dinosaurs.

They didn’t even think twice about killing them. Since they were a threat the needed to be eliminated. Men should before they act in a way that could come back to haunt them. Author’s theme I believe the authors theme was that when you have the power do incredible things you need to be responsible and think about the out come. The purpose is to teach people that you can be affected by other people’s choices and they can be affected by yours.

Everyone needs to realize this and the world will come together easier. Personal Reactions This book opened my eyes as to what could happen in tough situations. During my reading I constantly became frustrated as the little girl, lex, would keep getting in the way during tough situations. In some places I couldn’t stop reading because I felt the need to know what happened next. I wanted to tell the characters what to do or what they should watch out for. I felt like I was Tim when he was with the Raptors trying to outsmart them.

The book satisfied me Thoroughly I loved how many things were happening at once and I had to read into the story to figure things out. Notes on authors style I loved Michael Crichton’s Writing. I enjoyed how he showed me what was going on instead of telling me. He made me feel like I was constantly there overlooking everyone When he described the Raptors gnawing at the building while they were trying to stay calm. He kept me in suspense of what was really going to happen.

Significant quotes An error, Hammond said, nodding I thought so I had a feeling all along there must be an error. This is significant because this the time when I started to worry that Hammond, The man who was sure the park was fine, was contradicting himself. Also when Malcolm said You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct. Don’t you have that feeling now? Yes, Grant said. I think this is significant because this is when Grant, who has been dreaming about the day when he would see living dinosaurs, decides that it would be better to leave them extinct.

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