Monstrosity Essay

1001 WordsFeb 1, 20135 Pages
1. “They are monster because we make them monsters” (Fighting). For example, prostitutes, porn stars, and strippers: By shunning sex industry workers, by making them work outside the borders of legitimate society, undercover, clandestinely, illegally, we have made monsters of them” (Fighting). 2. Monsters (at least fictional ones) aren’t historically conditioned; they are pieces of the authors who created them. They create creatures that connect to them and who fascinate them, etc. (Monster). 3. “Halberstam is mistaken when she claims that ‘monstrosity (and the fear it gives rise to) is historically conditioned rather than a psychological universal’ [20]; when it comes to horror film monsters, the domains of history and psychology are not mutually exclusive. By presenting (in broad outline, it must be admitted) a ‘two-tiered’ theory of monstrosity, the goal is to blur—if not collapse—the sharp distinction that is usually made between universalizing accounts of the horror genre, those assuming ‘a social ontology wherein human agents are pre-constituted in key respects," and particularistic accounts, those assuming a social ontology "centered on active social agents who...use cultural artifacts as resources in rendering coherent their everyday lives.’ [21]” (Schneider). 4. “Everything monstrous happening in the world has an ancient ancestry. The monster is intrinsic while our awareness of the monster has evolved” (Schneider). 5. Monstrosity is not historically conditioned. It has remained somewhat constant since the beginning of time. We have always feared the unknown. “The fear of the unknown is a powerful force in the world. The Predator, an alien humanoid from a distant galaxy who hunts for pleasure. When you first meet the predator, you only know that there’s something out there, something hunting. You find the remains of humans mixed
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