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Mankind creates Monster's to avoid coming to the conclusion that we are the most frightening Monsters of all.

I am currently an English Literature student in my third year, and I am very interested in the ideas of monsters in Literature, along with their sociological, cultural, religious, ideological effects.

Monster's permeate every branch of humanity and I would like to listen to everyone else's opinions on the matter.

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    May 1 2013: i don't think it's avoidance, i think it's a way of exploring the worst elements of existence without becoming overwhelmed with it all. bruno bettleheim wrote some good stuff on the importance of folk tales and traditional literature. he points out why disney and the like have watered down folk tales to the point where they have lost all there power, all for the sake of a G rating and sales..
  • May 3 2013: Alot of monsters in literature have been used to symbolize the 'monsters' in today's world. We have our beautiful upper class monsters who can turn hideous when provoked, we have our just generally ugly monsters, monsters that want to take over the world, etc.
    It's not to avoid anything, but more so to metaphorically address our monsters. I don't know about you, but in my college English courses as well as grade school, we looked at books and everything in it as symbols, we attempted to apply these symbols to the world around us. I still do it today when I read the news, or an event comes up, something always reminds me of some monster or hero in a book.
    Everyone's writing comes from a sense of experience in dreams or reality.
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    May 2 2013: Fear is power (over). Stories that evoke emotion are easily remembered. Memory passes down stories. Powerful words can create powerfull monsters and powerfull mental images. Nowadays power equals revenue $$$

    I always enjoyed the stories of monsters who had a sensitive side and whose authors (creators) would touch on thier weaknesses and give them a human side. I think these authors have indeed come to terms that we all have a possible underlying "monster" in our own personalities.

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    May 3 2013: I find it sad that Hitler is supposed to be the ultimate 20th Century monster, for instance, as if he were responsible for the suffering of millions of Jews. As you say, that's easier than admitting every single human being has a potential for gasing children.
  • May 2 2013: monsters are on the same line as gods just the opposite because man has always been on the good and evil black and white idea. Why? i don't know but the creation of mosters is just as logical as the creations of good mosters that want and always act in your best interest. We make them because we don't know just like we are afraid of the dark because it's the unknown. And the interesting thing with the good monsters is it's a way for us fight the fear of the unknown by putting some irrationality in its place and saying it's "good"
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    May 1 2013: The monsters that interest me are Dragons. We are taught that they are mythical creatures, but they have an uncanny resemblance to the known Dinosaurs we're digging up. Soft body tissue is being found in the bones, & cave paintings etc give accurate depictions. Maybe, like the Coelacanth http://www.dinofish.com/ , they did not go extinct 65 million years ago ?
    Maybe more of out "monsters" have a basis in truth ?

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    May 1 2013: We needed 'someone' or 'something' to blame for our own inner fears and mysteries. Now, we have our science and rational thinking to guide us. But today's science and rationalism's are superseded by tomorrow's discoveries. So the 'monsters' of scientific terror and rationalistic usurpers will someday be the 'vampire's' and 'zombies' of today.
  • May 1 2013: Scott brings to mind the late Joseph Campbell and his studies of myth and Carl Jung. You are in one part of an area withch interest and a strong history.