Monsters And Its Effects On Society

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Monsters come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. Some of these creatures are grotesque and unearthly, while others appear no different than innocent next door neighbors. What defines a monster can turn drastically from the purely physical to exclusively psychological. There are many ways to create physical monsters; from stitching together stolen body parts to unleashing a curse, and many ways to abuse and neglect someone until they have reached a mental breaking point. Regardless of circumstances, there seems to be one universally understood truth, cruelty creates monsters. While it may not always be an outside force creating such unfortunate situations for these to-be monsters, wickedness and callousness can always be found surrounding these creatures. Monsters created through mad science and infection may not necessarily be an evil and angry creature from their conception, but the underlying intentions of their creators can cause them to turn in personality. When making these abominations, the creator usually intends for the creature to carry out their nefarious plots. To match their intentions, the makers of monsters give their projects an appearance that ranges from uncomfortable to look at to nightmarish. Although, there may be times when the inventors intend for their creation to be a beautiful and wonderful being, false life is rarely an embraceable thing (Frankenstein). When viewed by the public, monsters are feared, hunted, and rejected. Through the, possibly unintentional, cruelty of these civilians, the monsters can become scared, angry and begin to lash out. Through lashing out these creatures become a living terror, either exactly what their creators had hoped for or their own waking nightmare. A human who acts mons... ... middle of paper ... ...reject those emotions and return to their “rational” socially acceptable selves. While monsters represent humankind’s darker aspects, there is also representation for the lighter side of humanity. This lightness is often portrayed through other mythical creatures. Such creatures as unicorns, fairies, and centaurs are meant to symbolize that there is something greater than the darkness of the world. While monsters are meant to characterize the negative and lesser side of humankind, these other mythical and fantastical creatures are meant to symbolize the aspirations of humanity. Stories of such fantastical creatures are filled with emotions rewarded and whole-heartedly accepted society. Tales of the kindness, beauty, and god-likeness of these mythical beings are made to humble humans and inspire them to rise above their cruelty, and to become greater than themselves.
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