Jurassic Park

by: Michael Crichton

Important Quotations Explained

Face the damn facts, Henry ... This isn't America. This isn't even Costa Rica. This is my island. I own it. And nothing is going to stop me from opening Jurassic Park to all the children of the world ... Or, at least, to the rich ones.

Hammond says this to Dr. Wu in the chapter, "Bungalow." At various points in the novel, Hammond alternately comes off as fiercely ambitious, shrewd, kind- hearted, or sometimes almost senile. He refuses to acknowledge the mounting evidence that his park is unsafe, even when the proof becomes irrefutable. He ignores the fact that his dinosaurs have obviously found a way to breed despite his scientists' precautions. Between his stubborn denial of reality and old age, we might speculate that Hammond is out of his mind, and perhaps in a way he is. More likely, as we see here, he is just blinded by his selfish vision and greed. Later, after the island has been reduced to shambles and half his employees are dead, Hammond still thinks that he can, and should, build another dinosaur park. While the first portion of the novel tends to vilify Nedry and the Biosyn Corporation for irresponsibly handling genetic engineering technology, Hammond emerges as the true abuser of scientific power. His materialistic motivation resounds clearly in his words here.