Alternate Character Interpretation: Why does Dr. Moreau torture his creations when they get out of line? Is it because he wants to make them more human... or is it because he fears them and what they might do to him?
Values Dissonance: As time goes on and sensibilities change the actions of the three main characters comes off as obnoxiously Imperialist. They never consider treating the Beast Men as anything other than subhuman creatures to be ordered around and abused. Even Prendick who is new to the island and had no involvement in their creation, even when Dr. Moreau is killed and he suddenly becomes outnumbered, does not consider establishing a rapport with the semi-intelligent creatures and instead tries to set Moreau up as a god to keep them in line.