Moore was a 20th American Modernist. In her work, her subjects are rendered with linguistic precision, including her many animal subjects. However, these animal subjects are notably often depicted not through the physical or visceral, but are almost intellectualized, or better said, made sense of through the lens of human culture and values. One example of this is in Moore's "To a Snail" which is reminiscent of a blazon, detailing the virtues of the snail on a physical level, piece be piece. Another example is in "Snakes, Mongooses, Snake Charmers, and the Like," which frames the snake in terms of its cultural meanings ("This animal to which from the earliest times, importance has attached'). In this way her method of understanding the 'other' is in attaching significance to its form.