By: Robert K. Van Fossen
April 26, 2012
Monsters are our doubles they share the same character flaws that we, humans, have. Monsters come from our mind they are, for the larger part, just a figment of our imagination. When you think of Hollywood or movie monsters you think of large, grotesque, and suffering from some kind of mental illness. Have you ever looked at the definition of “monster”? The Oxford Dictionary of English states that “monster” is an inhumane, cruel, or wicked person; or a thing or animal that is excessively or dauntingly large; how about to criticize or reprimand severely; or the Latin word “monstrum” meaning portent, omen, or well monster. The purpose of my research here is to show the similarities between us and those infamous creatures that we’ve feared since childhood.
All monsters share some character flaws like greed, envy, recklessness, obsession, and the urge or need to cause destruction. Humans share these flaws with monsters. We share greed, greed sadly is what drives and motivates all of us someway or some how
Most if not all monsters are characterized by being gross, large, crude. That’s what we think of when we hear or see the word “monster”. But, if we look closer we see that underneath the corroding skin, bloodsucking teeth, piercing eyes, and massive horrifying size, they aren’t much different than us they are jealous, vengeful, mal-tempered, and selfish. Wait, that pretty much describes children in a whole, or business people, lawyers, politicians, and a lot of us average everyday people. And as I go deeper in this paper you will see more similarities between the things that scare the poppycock out of us and the many characteristics that make us who we are.
Mary Shelly was a master of this, this showing us how our own traits can easily make horrifying people and creatures. I’m talking about Victor Frankenstein and his creation. In the beginning of the story victor was pretty...