“I never really got nightmares from movies. I was much more terrified by my own family and real life, you know?”- said Tim Burton. In this quote, Burton essentially means that the real monsters in this world are the normal people, and the truly good people are the misunderstood people. Usually the misunderstood people are the ones get the title of being evil, even though they’re the complete opposite on the inside. Since Burton has a different perspective on evil people, it causes most of his films to have a dark and gothic style.
Because the Monster was a hideous creation from Frankenstein, he was isolated and hated by his looks and behaved in an ethical manner when he began his path of vengeance. The Monster believes and mentioned several times that the reason that he is so angry is because of Victor. Shelley writes,
Honestly, the cruel inside the Creature does not appear by itself; it is gradually formed due to the affects of many factors. At the beginning of the story, Shelly depicts the Creature is harmless, which totally opposite with his appearance. As a reader, I cannot stop wondering why makes he lost his trust in human? I think that only when we place ourselves in his situation, then we will understand the stress that he has to suffer. Therefore, when we a take a closer look at the Monster, we can easily recognize that he becomes more dangerous after he is abandoned by everyone and is alienated by society.
Both villains have the physical appearance of external monsters. Those who first lay eyes on these monsters feel uneasy and have a sense that because they do not look like average humans, they are dangerous. Dr. Frankenstein’s monster only kills because he doesn’t understand cultural norms, and the only way Count Orlok can survive is by a food source outside the cultural norms of humans. Each monster has specific reasons as to why they kill their victims, whether it is out of self defense, misunderstanding, or because they needed
… Am I to be thought the only criminal when all human kind sinned against me?” (Ch.8) and without the acceptance he yearned for, he became bitter and resentful, acting out ruthlessly. The monster was completely misunderstood and at no stage a welcome guest. In spite of his benevolent and kind spirit, he was beaten up and even shot at. No one was willing to attempt to understand him except for Agathe who was blind, but even that was short lived as Felix was quick to attack the creature. Although labelled as a horrifying monster, nothing but his exterior fit this description, until he was discriminated by society.
1.) Introduction Renowned American author Stephen King is famous for taking the horror genre out of its typical Gothic environment, and bringing it to our everyday life, proving that about anything can be a source of terror. By exploring the dark side of human society and breaching moral codes and taboos King manages to create the distinct feeling of uneasiness and revulsion which is a characteristic feature of his works. Although King himself generally does not mind being pigeon-holed (503) his collection of novellas Different Season (1982) constitutes a rather atypical work of his, in so far as the novellas are no horror stories to begin with. Being too short to be published separately, yet too long to fit into one of the short story anthologies, they were published together, united under the seasonal image.
In Rod Sterling's tale, “Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” he similarly explains this in a real situation in any place, such as Maple Street. He goes on to show his readers and watchers of the “Twilight Zone” that humans have several weaknesses that cause them to turn against each other. For example, their panic over sudden change, their speedy inferences, and their gullibility. These are common weakness that people are born with that may not only help them but destroy them as well. In conclusion, “we have met the enemy, and it is us.” (Walt Kelly,
Cohens essay discusses how people that break stereotypes are viewed as outcasts. This leads society to view people who step outside the social norms as monsters. His statement “This refusal to participate in the classificatory “order of things” is true of monsters…”(6 Cohen) backs up Cohen’s idea of people who break social norms are treated as monsters. This is why Ava who takes control over the men, is perceived as a monster. However, the real monsters in the movie are Nathan and Caleb who follow the negative stereotypes like feeling entitled to controlling women.
However, Victors reckless and unthoughtful actions pushes the monster into a state of rage and hatred that overrides his ability to stop from exacting revenge on Victor. Victor initially creates the monster thinking that it will be an amazing creature, built from the best human body parts Victor could procure. After he views the outcome of his work he is repulsed by it and abandons it, hoping that it would cease to exist. Not only did the monster survive, but it learned to speak, write, and read. After reading the book Paradise Lost, the monster thinks of its own situation and states the following: But I was wretched, helpless, and alone.
This short story contains an important theme that differs from “The Cask of Amontillado”. Human nature is a muted balance of light and dark or good and evil. Often this unstable balance is maintained; except, when there is a transition, for any reason, the dark or evil can consume the mind. In this situation it is the evil eye of the old man that sends the narrator into a demented state. It is his irrational fear that eventually summons his evil side to commit an unnecessary murder.