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 vivisection. Even so, Prendick can sense those screams becoming more and more human as the process goes on over several days, initially leading him to believe that Moreau is vivisecting human beings. Ultimately, the Puma breaks free from Moreau’s laboratory and kills Moreau, leading to the collapse of the Beast Folk’s society.
The Puma Character Timeline in The Island of Dr. Moreau
The timeline below shows where the character The Puma appears in The Island of Dr. Moreau. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Strange Face
...deck, Prendick observes that there are numerous caged animals on the ship: stag hounds, a Puma, several hutches of rabbits, even a llama. Prendick asks Montgomery what they are all for,... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Crying of the Puma
Chapter 9: The Thing in the Forest
Chapter 10: The Crying of the Man
...neglects to lock the door leading to the interior of the enclosure from which the Puma’s screams emanate. The screaming itself has changed, sounding much more human than it had before,... (full context)
Chapter 17: A Catastrophe
One morning, Prendick is standing near the enclosure smoking a cigarette when the Puma breaks free of its restraints, barreling into Prendick before tearing off down the beach, followed... (full context)
Chapter 18: The Finding of Moreau