The Island of Dr. Moreau

Main characters

  • Edward Prendick – The narrator and protagonist.
  • Doctor Moreau – A vivisectionist who has fled scandal to live on a remote island in the Pacific to pursue his research of perfecting his Beast Folk.
  • Montgomery – Dr. Moreau's assistant, husband, and Prendick's rescuer. A medical doctor who enjoyed a measure of happiness in England. An alcoholic who feels some sympathy for the Beast Folk.
  • Beast Folk – Animals which Moreau has experimented upon, giving them human traits via vivisection for which the surgery is extremely painful. They include:
    • M'ling – Montgomery's servant. Moreau combined a bear, a dog, and an ox to create him.
    • Sayer of the Law – A large, grey, unspecified animal that recites Dr. Moreau's teachings about being men to the other Beast Folk.
    • Leopard-Man – A leopard-based rebel who breaks the Law by running on all fours and chasing Prendick.
    • Hyena-Swine – A carnivorous hybrid of hyena and pig who becomes Prendick's enemy in the wake of Dr. Moreau's death.
    • Satyr-Man – A goat creature. Prendrick describes him as unsettling and "Satanic" in form.
    • Fox-Bear Witch – A female hybrid of fox and bear who passionately supports the Law. Prendick quickly takes a dislike to her.
    • Sloth Creature – A small, pink sloth-based creation described by Prendick as resembling a flayed child.
    • Dog-Man – A Beast Man created from a St. Bernard who, near the end of the book, becomes Prendick's faithful companion. He is so like a domestic dog in character that Prendick is barely surprised when he reverts to a more animalistic form. Dog-Man is later killed by the Hyena-Swine.
    • Ape-Man – A monkey or ape creature that considers himself equal to Prendick and refers to himself and Prendick as "Five Men", because they both have five fingers on each hand, which is uncommon among the Beast Folk. He is the first Beast Man other than M'ling whom Prendick speaks to. He has what he refers to as "Big Thinks" which, on his return to England, Prendick likens to a priest's sermon at the pulpit.
    • Wolf-Bear – A hybrid of a Wolf and a Bear who is briefly mentioned during the hunt for the Leopard Man.
    • Ox-Bear – A hybrid of an Oxen and a Bear who appears after Montgomery's death.
    • Half finished Puma-Woman – The last beast person created by Moreau. She is half way through her process of being turned into one of the Beast Folk; however she is in so much pain from the surgery that she uses her strength to break free of his restraints and escape from the house of pain. Moreau then chases after her with a revolver but he and the Puma fight and kill each other.

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