... he's the author. You got the spelling right. And interesting comparision.
I think that how evil you think the doctor was depends in part on whether you thought that he was giving it to them mainly so that he can see what happens, or mainly because he used to be friends with the people, and he thinks that they might enjoy it. Or at least, from what I remember of it, since I haven't read it for at least three or four years.
I think it's interesting that your teacher started a discussion about the morality of the doctor's actions. When I first read the story about ten years ago (i.e. when I was about ten :), I thought it was basically a commentary on how sucky and selfish people can be, and how willing they are to fool themselves. Since then, I was required to read it in a couple different classes, and that was always basically the way other students and the teachers would interpret it. I'd never even thought about the possibility of interpreting the doctor as a malicious figure. I think you have to go well beyond what is actually contained within the text to come up with that interpretation. If you want to take the view that it is some sort of retelling of the Fall of Man as depicted in the Jewish and Christian religions, then I suppose you could say that. I also feel you would have to acknowledge that basically it says that Man is responsible for his own forays into evil, and even if some sort of Devil exists, he doesn't really have to do much.
Thus endeth comment the sixth or seventh.
In other words, thus endeth the comment where I realized I had stopped keeping track of how many comments I had made since I started reading this site, and I was too lazy to check. I know, all I have to do is click on that link over on the right, but I don't feel like it, so there.
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