War Of The Worlds 'Vs. Wells Monster In The Film Monsters'

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To answer the question of “Who is the monster?” when talking about “War of the worlds” and “Monsters”, one must understand what a monster is. A monster is not simply a creature so ugly or monstrous it frightens people, it can also be defined as a person or thing who excites horror by wickedness or cruelty. This second definition establishes that we, humans, can be classed as a monster even if we do not fit the stereotypical description of what a monster looks like. This question is an important Throughout the film “Monsters” there is multiple attacks that occur. Edwards use of different sources of the attacks allow him to get the audience to question the validity of the attacks. An example of these attacks is in the first section of the…show more content…
Whilst referring to the attack the narrator uses the phrase “swept out of existence in a war of extermination”. This phrase uses emotive language such as extermination, a word commonly associated with insects and vermin, to convey to the audience the attitude and disrespect the British had for these “inferior races”. Whilst only a small section of the novel expresses his views on the situation, the narrator’s negative viewpoint allows him to use it as a key point in his question as to whether the Martians actions have justification based upon their circumstances. This idea of control over a large population is less of a focus in Edwards’ film “Monsters” though it is still a present concept. The group that has control in the film is the United States army, with the group they have control over being the Mexicans living in the infected zone. The main effect of this authority is that the army is able to restrict their freedom by not allowing them to exit the so called “infected zone” during certain parts of the year, despite the fact that they are not in the United States borders. Because of this restriction there is consequences, such as the living standards of those in the area. As the time passes there is more and more build-up of debris and rubble, and because the Mexicans are restricted from leaving they are forced to live in increasingly deteriorating conditions. Evidence of these circumstances can be seen in the scene where Andrew and the young boy are looking at the destroyed helicopter that is only meters from the young boys
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