Monsters are diverse and distinct creatures. Each monster is a combination of several qualities and characteristics matched in different ways. These variations give each monster a distinct look and make it inferior to humans. For example, Cerberus was a horrific three-headed dog that had the tail of a dragon and his back was covered with snakes. Its back and tail are made of snakes because snakes represent evil in society. The Hydra of Lerna has nine snake-like heads and the middle head is immortal. This monster is also a depiction of evil because it is meant to stop Heracles from completing his twelve labors. The Hydra also terrorized the neighboring towns and villages. Medusa also has snake-like characteristics. Her hair is made of snakes and she is depicted as evil because she turns people to stone. Overall, several monsters contain snake-like characteristics which show them as an evil part of...
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...y. They can be split into categories in which they all share similarities with one another, through their looks or purposes.
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