Moreau, misunderstood and hounded by the London medical community, retreats to a Pacific island to continue his experiments. The goal: Nothing less than to surgically rebuild animals into the shape of men -- and to teach them the meaning of humanity.
"What is the law? Not to eat flesh or fish, that is the law; are we not men? What is the law? Not to chase other men, that is the law; are we not men?"
As castaway Edward Prendick learns, Moreau is a feared, wrathful "god" to his beastmen. And in comparing Moreau to his lumbering, gentle servant M'Ling, it is sometimes difficult to tell which is the man, and which is the beast.
Wells' classic shocker raises the question of what it means to be human.
"Pain... is such a little thing..."