He presents the idea that monsters help people to practice unnatural scenarios that reflect moral difficulties in society. Two Gothic, fiction novels that feature monsters are Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Both novels relate to Asma's idea about the significance of monsters. However, the novels are greatly comparable. There are distinguished similarities and differences between the conflicting themes of religion and science in Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
This reinforces the idea that Grendel’s mother is also a monster, since put in the same position as the prior one. The two monsters, Grendel and his mother are also associated with the night as a time for action. This reinforces their animal-like behavior, and the monstrosity of their actions because they are not giving fair warning to the humans. The monstrosity of Grendel is also seen through his savagery when killing the men. He is carnivorous and feeds on human flesh.
A genuine definition of a monster is an "imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening," but in the poem Beowulf a monster has much more meaning than just an imaginary creature. Monsters were commonly used in stories written during the pagan times. Throughout the plot of ‘Beowulf,' the protagonist Beowulf faces many obstacles that include fighting monsters: Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a Dragon. The monsters in Beowulf are present for a substantial reason to contribute towards the story, and they are symbolic of many qualities in the Anglo-Saxon culture. Monsters are an outstanding quality of Pagan literature.
In the article “The Devil in Disguise: Modern Monsters and their Metaphors,” Emma Louise Backe discusses the various kinds of monsters and what they symbolize or represent. The author’s target audience in this article is people who is interested in pop culture. She points out that the meaning of monsters’ changes throughout time, but she defines it as a symbol created from a cultures nightmare. Starting with Frankenstein, Backe states that the famous monster created by Mary Shelly, “represents the concerns about morality, the social responsibility of science, and the changing role of capital and labor during the Industrial Revolution.” Backe also analyzes other monsters like zombies; saying how they were inspired by America’s fear of having
Monsters come in many forms. Monsters could be what people sees as villains in movies, scary Halloween pictures or simply the “creatures of the night. The word “monster” became a way of explaining the seemingly inexplicable. People create and ascribe meaning to monsters, endowing them with characteristics derived from their most deep-seated fears and taboos. In David Mill’s story, Derealization, the monster motif is used to encompass a bigger idea that the monsters that the readers are afraid are the ones that actually lies within their true
The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft presents a physical monster while The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman represents a mental monster. They each describe a different aspect of a general worldview of weird fiction and allude to a similar take on weird itself. Gothic literature, just before, had a dominant theme of madness, specifically the physical push to madness versus the mental madness of confinement, and thus created a pathway for similarities. Although the approaches are contrasting in the stories through the way they are displayed, they both suggest that weird fiction identifies the world through a theme of madness.
Initially, the most prevalent theme within Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is way the environment modifies one’s identity. In the story, society refers to Victor’s invention as a monster both physically and psychologically. Even though the creature’s physical characteristics are that of a monster, it is not until he is repeatedly rejected that he adopts the personality of one.
Terrifying, right? The good news is that this monster is from the science fiction, gothic novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. So this monster is not real. Or is it? With today's bio-science and technology, themes and warnings from Frankenstein could be seen in real people anywhere.
It is clear that alienation and isolation affects the way that characters behave and the choices that they make throughout each of the respective narratives of Ambrosio from The Monk by Matthew Lewis and Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Ambrosio and Frankenstein are the ones to blame for their choice of alienation and isolation which has caused Ambrosio to commit crimes of murder, rape and witchcraft and Frankenstein to utilise dangerous knowledge to create a destructive creature. These choices affect issues such as gender, sexuality and the surface and substance of the protagonist’s characters. Furthermore, their alienation and isolation has caused them to turn into monstrous figures, therefore making poor or ill fated
The theme of perception and acceptance based on appearance is highly emphasized on in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We currently live in a world where factors like looks, physical characteristics, carriage, fashion taste, knowledge, intelligence, and color of skin, are used as yardsticks of acceptance into the society. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein unfortunately creates an ugly creature that has the appearance of a monster. The creature has to face the challenge of rejection by its creator and the society. For an outcome it has no control over, the monster is inhumanely judged by the society it is created into, thereby resulting in a problem of identity crisis.