Monsters Final Draft

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Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. Monsters are the physical embodiment of fear due to a wide variety of reasons. The most important being: Monsters’ apparent invulnerability/incredible strength, they represent the bad part of society, are most often ugly, they represent evil/nightmares, many monsters have the ability to shape shift, and those that deviate from the norms still maintain some monster-like characteristics. These six characteristics are the major reasons why monsters are the physical embodiment of fear. These six or combinations of them strike fear in the hearts of those around the monsters. In numerous myths, monsters are a weakness to society. For instance, the heroes of Rome fight these monsters in order to overcome them which is the symbolic overcoming of weakness by the community. The fear which these monsters represent is primarily human fear as monsters are generally on good terms with animals and human fear is far deeper than animal fear. Thus, the monster-hero/god relationship is far deeper better representing the fear relationship they have. A monster’s apparent invulnerability/incredible strength is what strikes fear into its opponents. Example of this can be seen in numerous stories. One such example from Donna Rosenberg’s World Mythology is “Eurytheus firs commanded Heracles to bring him the skin of the lion of Nemea. Heracles knew that the best could not be hurt by stone or bronze, so he would have to devise some other way to kill it. When he came upon the Vellala 2 lion he learned that his arrows and his huge wooden club were also useless. The lion responded to Heracles’ attack by retracting into a cave that had two exits” (101). This quotation exemplifies the incredible strength the be... ... middle of paper ... ... Publishing Group, 1999. 84-88 Bullfinch, Thomas. “Monsters: Giants- Sphinx-Pegasus and Chimaera-Centaurs-Pygmies -Griffin” Bullfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable/The Age of Chivalry/ Legends of Charlemagne. New York: RandomHouse Inc, 1993. 115-121. Hamilton, Edith. “The Cyclops Polyphemus” Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. New York: Warner Books, 1999. 85-89 Lombardo, Stanley. “Book 12”. Odyssey. Indianapolis: Hacket Publishing Company, 200. 180-181. “Medusa”. “World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 23 Mar. 2010. Keenan, Sheila. “Myths from Around the World”. Scholastic. Shastri, Sunder Shyam. “The Great Mahabharata”. Delhi: Tiny Tot Publications. 2004. Pai, Anant. “Stories of Rama”. Mumbai: India Book House, 2003.

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