What do you think when you hear the word monster. I will give you a definition for monster. A strange or horrible imaginary creature. Something that is extremely or unusually large. A powerful person or thing that cannot be controlled and that causes many problems. When I hear the word monster i think of something scary and really big. The word originates from the ancient Latin monstrum, meaning good or evil from the root of monere to warn also meaning miracle. The monster was an important social concept, because monsters were often associated with unknown lands and unknown things. It was a great tool into scaring the uneducated, those who are gullible and young children. If it was up to me i would scary my little sister and brother.
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Monsters, hideous ferocious beasts, or just things that bring us down , are obstacles everyone encounters in life. Times have changed since the almighty Beowulf fought Grendel, the evil hairy monster. In modern times, evil hairy beasts are not so easy to come by. The term monster has changed with the times, becoming more of a symbol than anything. It was easy to believe in such a beast as Grendel in the times of Beowulf.
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The monster archetype has been one of the most riveting archetypes that surrounds the concept of ‘evil’. It has been portrayed as a supernatural creature with grotesque features that normally brings disruption to the city and needs to be tamed or controlled to bring once again peace to the story. Due to this, it is most commonly depicted with a negative connotation, and with the idea of horror and fear. The monster has been present since the bible, which was written approximately 3,400 years ago, with the anecdote of Goliath. It has remained with its primary role of converting the protagonist into a hero and providing fear to the storyline.
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