The Island of Dr. Moreau

Edward Prendick / The Narrator

Prendick is the protagonist and narrator of the story. A presumably wealthy and well-educated gentleman, Prendick took up natural history as a way to bring some adventure back to his independent, comfortable, domestic life in… (read full character analysis)

Dr. Moreau / The White-Haired Man

Moreau is a vivisectionist (someone who operates on live animals) who embodies the dark potential of scientific research when it is unrestrained by ethics or accountability to society. After his disturbing research in vivisection was… (read full character analysis)

Montgomery / The Young Man

Montgomery is Moreau’s assistant on the island and rescues Prendick and nurses him back to health after Prendick is shipwrecked and lost at sea. Montgomery, being a degenerate and an alcoholic, contrasts sharply against… (read full character analysis)

M’ling / The Strange-Looking Man

M’ling is Montgomery’s manservant and the most sophisticated of the Beast Folk. M’ling is aboard the ship on which Montgomery rescues Prendick, and is thus the first of the Beast Folk that… (read full character analysis)

The Sayer of the Law

The Sayer of the Law is a sort of priest amongst the Beast Folk, the religious leader responsible for teaching the Law and venerating its commandments. Upon Prendick’s initial arrival in the Beast… (read full character analysis)
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The Puma

The Puma is the only character in the story who is depicted undergoing the transformation from animal to Beast Folk. For most of the story, only the Puma’s screams are heard as it undergoes… (read full character analysis)

The Ape Man

The Ape Man discovers Prendick when he is hiding from Moreau for fear that he will be vivisected. The Ape Man initially believes Prendick to be one of the Beast Folk—since he is not… (read full character analysis)

The Leopard Man / The Beastly Man

The Leopard Man is the first of the Beast Folk that Prendick sees exhibiting animal-like behavior and, during Prendick’s first foray into the forest, chases him down the beach. The Leopard Man seems to be… (read full character analysis)

The Hyena-Swine

The Hyena-Swine is the most powerful and fearsome of the Beast Folk, and with the Leopard Man, swiftly regresses back into an animal. With the death of Moreau, the Hyena-Swine understands that… (read full character analysis)

The Pink Sloth Creature

The pink sloth creature is the closest thing to a child among the Beast Folk, being small and mute and looking rather like a “flayed child.” After it has almost entirely regressed to animalism… (read full character analysis)

The Dog Man

The Dog Man becomes a loyal companion to Prendick, believing in his authority and the Law even after the other Beast Folk have abandoned it. After society has crumbled, the Dog Man protects Prendick… (read full character analysis)

Captain Davis

Davis is the captain of the Ipecacuanha, the ship which Montgomery and M’ling are traveling aboard when they rescue Prendick. Davis is a raging drunk and a tyrant. He declares that he is… (read full character analysis)