Michael Crichton was born on October 23, 1942, in Chicago Illinois. He grew up in Long Island, New York, and attended college at Harvard University where he earned his AB degree summa cum laude in 1964. He married four times and is now living in California. Crichton has written many novels, but two of his most renowned are Jurassic Park and The Lost World ("Crichton, Contemporary 95). These two novels are based on a bioengineering experiment. A team of scientists engineered dinosaur DNA after finding a small portion of DNA in a mosquito caught in tree sap many years ago. They recreated the dinosaurs by connecting the links with frog DNA. However, something goes terribly wrong at Jurassic Park and they are forced to destroy all the dinosaurs. However, something has survived. The scientists did not destroy all the eggs in their rush to get off the island and the dinosaurs continued to reproduce after the humans had left the island. When the dinosaurs began to wash on
shore in Santa Fe, the Biosyn team began to get curious. As the original Jurassic Park team returns to the island, they are followed. The scientists battle with the Biosyn team, but also with nature. Just as in Jurassic Park, the human's main struggle is against nature. In Jurassic Park and The Lost World, Michael Crichton uses conflicts, themes, and other literary elements to reveal the lack of control humans have over the environment.
In Jurassic Park, conflict is a prominent literary element. The individual versus society is the most conspicuous. This element is portrayed through many different characters, but the most common is John Hammonds and his society of dinosaurs. He struggles against a force that he cannot fully understand, even though he did help create them. The staff and guests try to control the dinosaurs as well; however, they cannot accomplish this either. The characters encounter many different obstacles. However, the charac