Humanities - Monstrosity Essay
Monsters have proven to be more than just the fiendish appearance or the evil within such creatures – their monstrosity symbolizes, more or less, the characteristics that define mankind and/or our innermost fears. Prior to this Exploration of the Humanities course, I have interpreted monsters for what they are: heartless and destructive creatures that generate fear. However, I never bothered what the true cause of such fear is – only associating the gruesome presence with a psychological reaction of horror. But taking this class allowed me to broaden my perspective on monsters and monstrosity: humans fear the “Other” because we as individuals have an “Other” within us (subconsciously) that we are not willing to show to those in our
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Mina, on the other hand, was about to become a lamia because she was innocent and was portrayed as a motherly figure: a matron. Here, corruption is seen to be more amusing if done to someone naïve – what fun could there be in corrupting someone already evil? Society can learn the danger of becoming the “Other” – being pretentious only to bring harm unto others. Moreover, in the 1931 movie of Dracula, the concept of becoming the “Other” is prevalent when Van Helsing was transfixed for a moment in Dracula’s power – taking several steps towards the nosferatu. Nevertheless, Van Helsing proved that his goodwill was greater than the evil within Dracula by stepping away from the devious creature; proving that although temptation may seem inevitable, with enough willpower, it can be conquered.
Comparatively, in the 1941 film The Wolf Man, Larry Talbot becomes a werewolf after surviving an attack made by a wolf man. There was a fear of either becoming a werewolf or being killed by one after the town’s myth became reality – highlighting the culture clash present between the gypsies and the townspeople. For instance, Maleva warned Larry to keep the charm she gave to him as protection; however, like Jonathan in Dracula when given the crucifix, Larry considered the pendant as mere superstition. This shows how people are, more often than not, reluctant to accept cultural differences because