Monsters and Narrative : The construction of the fears from within the text in Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Gothic literature, more often than not, deals with monsters. The monster is a representation of the strongest fears and the more hidden desires of the society in which the book is written. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as in Frankenstein, this fear is also contrasted with the narration of each story. In other words, the fear represented through each monster is exalted with the way each story is narrated. In both stories the monster is a creation of scientific research but each one threatens the world in different ways.
Felix however, being able to see, hit the monster “violently with a stick” (Shelley 94) upon meeting it which makes the monster sad rather than angry as it flees instead of striking back. It is obvious that the humans who the creature encountered act solely based on its appearance which is the purest form of xenophobia. It never is given the chance to explain itself except in the case of de Lacey. This proofs that it is innate in most humans to associate foreignness as being something negative and potentially
Although Beowulf shows traits of abnormal power, like Grendel and his mother, his motifs are interpreted differently. Grendel and his mother are represented as monsters, through their physical appearance, as well as their horrific killings. The monstrosity of Grendel is directly seen through his physical appearance, as depicted when his hand is exposed in the hall as a trophy, after he was injured during his battle with Beowulf. During this scene, the beastly appearance
Some of the main qualities that make up the basis of a monster include a creature that mostly deviates from the norm and can pose a threatening force against the rest of society. When it comes to works of fiction, the machine has taken a prominent role in the formation of monsters and continues to do so as societies reliance on technology increases. In 1818s Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, The Curse of Frankenstein produced by Hammer Studios in 1957, and Ex Machina made in 2015 each tells the story of a man pushing the limits and bringing to life a new being, in turn creating a monster. These creations deviate from their creator’s initial expectations and change from being viewed as a wonder to something of horror forcing
Karen Hollinger is a professor of English at Atlantic University, an author and is also a very strong feminist. Hollinger’s essay, “The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat People,” is an essay merely expressing how most monsters in novels or films are characterized as masculine identities and that viewers forget how powerful feminine identities in novels and films can be. Hollinger’s goal in this essay is to explain that feminine monsters are just as frightening all masculine monsters. She uses many references to movies with feminine monsters and expresses how powerful they are compared to masculine monsters and also expresses that males and females have castration anxieties. I think Hollinger succeeded in a sophisticated way because she
In Philip Pullman’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ , it clearly shows that he encourages the audience to feel more sympathy for the Monster and not Frankenstein. This is because of the way people describe the Monster and say extremely violent things to him, such as death threats. The Monster states things in the story so the other people understand the hardships he has had but not everyone believes that it is worth feeling sorry for because of the way he is different to man. So it makes the audience have sympathy for him because they know what the Monster has been through and they know he has had gone through more exclusion from the public than what Frankenstein has. The Monster tried to do everything he could possibly do with other humans right, but they just didn’t accept him.
Relationships in Frankenstein 1)Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel analyzes the life of a monster abandoned by his father and creator with no companionship in life. 2) The monster created to appear beautiful turns out ugly which leads to his father abandoning him in fear. 3) The creator, Frankenstein, recognized the monster as grotesque and ran away in fear of the monster he had created. 4) The monster runs away and after he becomes self educated he returns to his father in order to receive companionship. 5) Even a monster needs companionship to survive the loneliness of being different.
A Monstrous Metamorphosis “Monsters are real, and Ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” (Stephen King). We, as human beings, are constantly inserting the ideas of the monstrous into our culture. If you would look across all the many people of the world you will find that much of their culture centers around monsters. Many books, movies, and television programs center around both the physical and mental state around monsters.
A strangled boy, an innocent executed girl, a sick boy, constant fears and several mysterious deaths...It is not a killer, who is guilty of all these terrible and strange events, but a young scientist whose name is Victor Frankenstein. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein we are told of a man Victor who creates a life. This creation, his creature, is perceived by society because of his physical appearance being so called a “monster” although his creator is in fault of his creatures actions. Frankenstein leaves us asking questions and raises some serious issues, one of which that comes up time and time again. Who is the real monster?
Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s novel, “Frankenstein” highlights an interesting fictional scenario where Victor Frankenstein, the supposed doomed protagonist of the story creates an intelligent, but grotesque monster after studying in Ingolstadt and discovering the secret to life. After Victor resurrects the creature from the dead, which is made up of old fashioned body parts, he abandons it. The reason for this is because of the creatures’ monstrosity of an appearance; Frankenstein’s own creation horrifies him when he looks at it. After being disregarded by his so called “father” the Creature is left to face the world with no understanding of it or of himself. Being the eight-foot-tall, hideously ugly creation of Victor Frankenstein the Creature attempts to integrate himself into human social patterns, but all of those that have any kind of interactions with him reject him in
Grendel vs. “The monster” Grendel in the novel by John Gardner is very similar to “the monster” in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly because both Grendel and the monster feel like outsiders, they kill humans, and they both are able to learn new things. Grendel feels like an outsider because he knows he is different and he wants to know the truth of why he is what he is and why God made him that way. Grendel asks his mother “Why are we here?” which means that he is doubting his existence. Grendel kills humans in the mead hall while they are asleep. “Swiftly, softly, I will move from bed to bed and destroy them all, swallow every last man.” He kills them because he was affected by the shapers death.
The monsters are due on maple street by rod Serling, Das Bus the Simpsons and Lord of the lies by.. All have a common thread that links them together. The common thread is, a group of people end up turning into savages because of what others think. In the book the monsters are due on Maple Street by Rod Serling is an episode from the twilight zone that has a good example of how people can turn into savages when others put you in a position where you cannot decide what to believe. The person gives you many reasons in which why you should believe them and put you against the innocent. Tommy, the character who introduced the idea of monsters and started the whole catastrophe.
Throughout the book, Perry is genuinely the cold-blooded killer, and the reader 's view him that way. While in interrogation, Dick confessed that “ Perry Smith killed the Clutters...It was Perry” (Capote 230). At this point, the audience doesn’t know if they believe that Perry killed all four or if Perry killed two and Dick killed two. While talking in the interrogation room, Dewey mentioned to Perry that “Hickock [thought of Perry as] a natural born killer. [He said] it [didn’t] bother Perry a bit” (Capote 255).
As the monster progresses in the story, he eventually begins trying to befriend multiple people, just by knocking on their cabins only to be attacked by them and chased away (Shelley 78). This shows him being misunderstood as he only wanted to become friends with anybody he could, but he was just assaulted instead. The monster eventually begins to become self-destructive and says he will get revenge on all mankind and he will kill all of Frankenstein 's family, even after he caused the death of four others (122). Eventually, Frankenstein dies and the monster goes to see his dead body. The monster is immediately filled with regret and explains how he is truly sorry for everything that he has done and that he knows there is no way for him to fix all the mistakes he has made (180).
In conclusion, Stephen King has become one of the masters of the horror genre, along with H.P. Lovecraft. King has managed to scare generations of people through the words that he has typed out on paper, and continues to do so since 1974. He is known for creating massive worlds that contain so much detail that it is as if the world is real, along with the horrors in it. These horrors that King creates, along with other horror stories that various authors’ have written, are possibly just a way to make people feel better about the problems in their personal lives; in King’s book, Danse Macabre, King suggests just that by saying, "we make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.