Monster Genre Since motion pictures like Frankenstein and Dracula were first introduced on the black and white the monster genre has created unlikely stories of someone or something that is provoked and subsequently hails terror on everything in it’s path. When a monster unleashes terror the result is an exposition of character traits, creating heroes, cowards and mostly victims. Amid the ups and downs of the story most good monster movies have an underlying social commentary. Rarely in films do we see a monster reeking havoc without a cause or motive. Monsters, just like you and I are products of the environment they are exposed to and the treatment they are given from conception. Frankenstein was the first and today there are several noteworthy monster movies that exhibit similar characteristics. In The Host, a North Korean film created by Joon-ho Bong, a volatile creature arises from the city river after a lab scientist illegally disposes of toxic waste down a drain. Similar to Frankenstein, movies like The Host and Beowulf, are both stories of nature and nurture and how both can separately play a role in creating monsters. For example, Grendel (the monster from Beowulf) was brought up living a simple and humble life until local townsmen inexplicably killed his father. Where on the other hand, the river creature from The Host becomes a product of nature after being exposed to hazardous chemical waste. This monster was probably just a normal fish until the chemical it was exposed to turned it into a perilous monster. Since the beginning of the monster genre, audiences have been drawn to the excitement and thrill of watching dangerous minions fall to their doom. Regardless of how any monster is born or provoked in a story the ensuing events will uncover unexpected character traits as it separates cowards from heroes. When an alien-looking creature arises from the Han river in North Korea a detached family comes together and stands in the face of danger to save one of their lost loved ones. The most unlikely characters rise to the occasion when given the opportunity. Considered by his father as a good for nothing slacker, protagonist Gang-du plays the largest role in bringing down the monster. The monster takes Gang-du’s daughter, where she barely stays alive in the creature’s food stow-away down in a sewer. From there, we follow the female heroin as she protects a young boy while her father averts being captured and locates the monster’s body pit. The story comes together in an unusual turn of events that bring the main characters closer together and present common bonds that are often seen in monster and horror movies alike. The emotional journey behind the main characters is almost as common in monster movies as the thrill and fascination that directors use to draw in audiences. Every monster story reveals a hero that most people can relate to in one way or another. Weather feeling unappreciated or looked down upon, at one point or another in our lives we experience a feeling and a desire to redeem ourselves. Part of the fascination that entices audiences is the journey they get to live behind the characters and unexpected heroes. “It’s the rattling-the-tiger-cage kind of thrill.” (Mcormick, Patrick) Although the television might lead us to believe otherwise, no one actually wants to experience a zombie apocalypse or know what it feels like to be faced with life threatening danger. The closest that audiences want to get to that magnitude of danger is to live vicariously through the main characters. “Reading or watching great monster stories, we get to accompany the frightened heroes or heroines as they descend into the dragon’s lair.” (Mcormick, Patrick) In other words, we get to experience the thrill of the situation without facing the same risks as the characters in the story. So in the end, the audience gets to live the thrill and experience the inevitably gratifying downfall of the
life everyone has had a monster. It was the embodiment of everything we feared as children, some faceless entity that lived beneath our beds and waited ever patiently for our tiny feet to drop into grabbing distance. At some point we were all afraid of the dark, but as we grew older we learned that this fear was irrational. We learned that monsters, or the monsters we imagined, didn’t exist. Knowledge overcame fear, and therein lays my answer to the question. What is a monster? It is a universal fear…
If I were to change the ending of the book, I would make it something no one would have seen coming and left people on a cliff hanger. As Frankenstein is finishing his story on the boat, instead of dying, he would get up and look out the window. A noise heard in the background would indicate the monster is nearby. Frankenstein would rush over to a large cabinet and open it. A surplus of guns mounted to the wall would appear. He’d choose a large sniper with a scope, almost as big as him. As…
Victor Frankenstein was a scientist who created a monster and brought it to life through extensive knowledge of science. This creation turned out to be the motive of why Victor loses everything that is vital to him. The monster awakened knowing absolutely nothing. The monster became fixated on human nature and its’ languages, which engrossed him into learning as much as he could as life progressed. The monster had no source of knowledge of what life is when it was created; similar to a new born…
“The Monster of Childhood”
When I was a child, I believed in good versus evil, hero versus monsters. I would see them in cartoons and in comics, and to make my own ideas of heroes and monsters became as easy as they were so easy to define. However, after reading Beowulf I learned to realize that a hero or monster does not need to have specific characteristics or abilities to earn that title. Someone else decides for them what kind of specimen they are. Monsters can’t be defined and…
Vengeance of the monster was very brutal. There are many reasons people are vengeful some to prove a point to others or because they feel betrayed. In this story the monster kills to prove his point. The monster kills William and Justine, starts killing Dr.Frankensteins friends and then kills Mr. and Mrs.Frankenstein.This Shows that the monster carried out his vengeance by murdering people when he doesn’t get his way
The monster kills Dr. Frankenstein’s friends and family. The monster decides to start…
“I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?”(Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 2007) This is what the creature said when he last met Frankenstein on the ice. As a creature, why he didn’t act like monster but looks pathetic? In the novel, Frankenstein looks his creature as a monster, but does the creature is? Or the person who made the monster isn’t a monster? No, Neither of them is not a monster. First, we should ask ourselves what is the…
Teachings because of the Monster is not Dr. Frankenstein's biological or adopted child but he did create the Monster and bring him into the world therefore he has responsibility for the Monster. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein parallels Catholic Social Teaching.
By abandoning the Monster which he created, Dr. Frankenstein first portrays individualism. First, Frankenstein’s monster feels abandoned like a neglected child. When pondering his lonely thoughts, the Monster thinks, “When I was…
The Monster’s Body Is a Cultural Body: Vanessa
The monster is born as a cultural movement. The monster exists only to represent fear,
anxiety, or desire that can be read or portrayed for a specific culture. A glyph that seeks it’s
hierophant: meaning the monster exists to signify something other than itself.
The Monster Always Escapes: Brittney
In his second thesis, Cohen tells the reader of how a monster is never caught, both by society
as well as mortality. In any book or movie…
December 10, 2014
Just imagine if the term of monsters wasn’t ever made. Monster is a very big word that goes into a lot of things. A monster doesn’t necessary have to be something that is fictional a monster can also be human, an animal, complete fictional character or even such thing as a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami that could kill several people or even leave them homeless with nothing. Without monsters there would be probably thousands of movies…
“I am only left to conjecture concerning the probabilities by which it might have been placed in my pocket.”
Page 66; Chapter 8; Evidence and Question
The evidence is there that she, Justine, was the murder, but was it really her or the monster?
“I did confess…and now only am I truly miserable”
Page 69; Chapter 8; Evidence
Justine confessed that she was the murder, but only because her confessor threatened excommunication and hell fire.
“Sleep fled my eyes; I wandered like an evil spirit…