Michael "Mike" Wazowski, a six-year-old monster, visits Monsters Inc., a scaring company, on a school field trip. During the visit, the class meets Frank McCay, an employee of the company who works as a "scarer", entering the human world to scare children at night and harvesting their screams as energy to power the monster world. Mike, enchanted with the idea of being a scarer, slips through Frank's door before anyone can stop him, where he watches Frank's scare performance, then follows him back through the door to the monster world. Frank scolds Mike, but is impressed with his ability to have followed him unnoticed, and gives him his Monsters University hat as a souvenir. Oblivious to his teacher's later admonishments, Mike dreams of being a scarer when he grows up.
Approximately eleven years later, Mike is a scare major at Monsters University. On his first day, he meets his new roommate, Randall "Randy" Boggs, a nerdy monster that can turn invisible. During the first class of the scare program, as Mike is answering a question, he is interrupted by another scare student, an arrogant large blue monster named James P. "Sulley" Sullivan. The class is also informed by Abigail Hardscrabble, the strict Dean of the scare program, that they must pass their final exam of the semester to continue in the program. While Mike is studying one night, Sulley inadvertently barges into his room to hide the pig mascot he stole from their rival college, Fear Tech. While the two bicker, the pig steals Mike's MU hat and escapes. Mike and Sulley give chase, but when Mike finally manages to capture it, Sulley takes credit, and is invited to join Roar Omega Roar, the elite fraternity on campus. Mike wishes to join, but is rejected, magnifying the rivalry between the two.
Mike studies hard and repeatedly answers questions in class correctly, while the privileged Sulley, convinced all he needs is his natural scaring ability, begins to falter. At...
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22 February 2011
“The Monster” Writing Assignment
It was a sunny day, the sky was bright blue and the clouds fluffy and white. The immense fields and the deep green grass surrounded a happy community. Children's laughter and happy chattering were the beautiful music that delighted the ears. But like any community, there are secrets that torture souls and change lives forever. In “The Monster” by Stephen Crane, we see how a community's true face is revealed and the people are turned into monsters. Based on a deeper understanding of the story, many facts denying that Henry was a monster, and details pointing to the townspeople being monsters, we can prove the validity of the statement, “The town, not Henry, were the monsters.”
In order to prove the validity of the statement, “The town, not Henry, were the monsters,” we have to comprehend the story and analyze the symbols. “The Monster” by Stephen Crane is an insightful portrayal of the negative consequences of mob mentality and small-town pettiness rooted in prejudice against people who are in a way different from the town. The title of the story itself has multiple meanings. The title refers to Henry Johnson who had a monstrous appearance after he risked his life to save his employer's young son from certain death. It also refers to “the town” seeing Dr. Trescott as a monster...
11 June 2013
Of Monsters and Men
The word “monster” can mean many things to different people. In general a monster is someone or something that terrifies a person. Some might think of monsters as imaginary or fake but in fact they are real. Monsters can be people who commit heinous crimes and transform themselves from being human into something much darker and sinister. In no place can we find more of this type of monster than in fiction. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe is the perfect example of a monstrous character masked as a human being. Poe creates his Monster, Montresor, by portraying him as a cold and calculated murderer with an intelligence that makes him both devious and terrifying.
In this story Montresor has planned the murder of his friend or victim Fortunado quite brilliantly. He has every minute detail planned out in his head and some might say he has planned the perfect murder. The murder takes place during Carnival, a festival, where everyone is dressed up and drinking heavily. This allows Montresor to approach a dressed up Fortunado in costume and lead him to his house without anyone recognizing them, or even noticing them, as they are too busy drinking and partying. Montresor is very clever in how he both clears his house of prying eyes and creates his alibi. In the story Montresor recalls to himself,...
Jeffery Jerome Cohen writes in his essay Monster Culture (Seven Theses) that cultures can be understood by the monsters they have. Through seven theses, he argues for the importance of monsters and reaches a conclusion that monsters can define a culture. These creatures of the imagination are born from fears of the unknown and desires of the forbidden. They are the vampires and zombies, ghosts and goblins, dragons and demons that invade fantasy and fiction, dominating novels, films, and video games. They have grown to be an integral part of the media and common consciousness. Everyone has heard of and seen monsters in the media. Cohen’s first thesis, “The Monster’s Body is a Cultural Body,” argues that monsters are born out of a particular “time, a feeling, and a place” and exists as “pure culture” (Cohen). The monsters, being a product of its time, represent the views of the people of those times but they can also challenge the public view. So, they serve to reinterpret parts of the culture. People learn to see themselves differently through a monster’s eye. The monsters and what the views they represent linger in the mind of their creators and audience; the monsters become legend.
The novel I am Legend, by Richard Matheson, was published in 1954 during the Cold War when people viewed the world as a...
...My first thought when I heard the term monster prior to taking “Exploration of the Humanities” was simply a scary, frightening, deformed creature. I had read books with monsters ranging from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I had never thought about a monster in the context of its community, as an “other.” I had only thought of a monster in the context of its capability to instill fear. This semester my understanding of monsters has been challenged and has expanded significantly. Monsters are much more than terrifying. Oftentimes, the significance of monsters is what they teach us about our community.
My understanding of monsters first began to grow as I read about the monsters in Beowulf such as Grendel. Grendel is a physical personification of evil in his deformity and grotesqueness which is in line with my original definition. But Grendel was not just a physical threat to the community, he was a psychological threat. By destroying the dining hall, Heorot, Grendel threatens a sense of home and makes the familiar unfamiliar. My definition of monsters expanded to include a sense of psychological horror they are capable of instilling. This psychological horror undermines the people and threatens their security and sense of home. This is worse than the external terror I had originally...
...people pay attention to the romantic films or action films, they are surprised that main characters in these films have become to those monsters. The monster such as Vampire in scare movie emerges changed “person”: a distinguish quality, an unrivalled exterior and a preeminent superman which surpasses the image of thinking. For a simple story or films, if it includes the monster plots, it will have a strong appeal to the audiences. Nowadays,monster is to be a basic phenomenon in performing all aspects of life. More and more realities prove that the realization of monster and the catalog of monster have an enormous change. Monster is no longer to be viewed as a visual horror, but it always reflects the people’s doubt about high technology, international politics, war, gender, right and ethics on an even profounder level. Follow the timeline, every single event or every tide of history has an association with the changing monster concept. And it is not difficult to find that the changing is not an accident but a process which is related to the changing social psychology year after year. In short, monster is the product of people’s imagination, which is the most appropriate way to incarnate the circumstance of humane society.
Vampire is the most classic representation of Monster and the history of Vampire is similar with the...
...reposing(resting) many a noble asleep after supper sorrow heros sorrow the heros misery knew not.The monster of evil
Greedy and cruel tarried but little,
Fell and frantic, and forced from their slumbers
Thirty of thanemen; thence he departed
Leaping and laughing, his lair to return to,
With surfeit of slaughter sallying homeward.
The spirit accursed: too crushing that sorrow,
Too loathsome and lasting. Not longer he tarried
Morning-cry mighty. The man-ruler famous,
The long-worthy atheling, sat very woful,
Suffered great sorrow, sighed for his liegemen,
When they had seen the track of the hateful pursuer,
So ruled he and strongly strove aganist justiceLone against all men, till empty uptowered
The choicest of houses. Long was the season:
Twelve-winters' time torture suffered The friend of the Scyldings, every affliction,
Endless agony; hence it after became
Certainly known to the children of men
Sadly in measures, that long against Hrothgar
Grendel struggled:—his grudges he cherished,
Murderous malice, many a winter,
But one night after continued his slaughter
Shameless and shocking, shrinking but little
From malice and murder; they mastered him fully.
Reflection Question: What does Grendel have in common with the creatures from the Friday Night Fright Night clips? What do you think this says about the nature of monsters and fear?
...If you hear the word monster today a lot of different creatures and story’s come to your mind. But did you ever think about how monsters are created? Timothy K. Beal’s “Our Monsters, Ourselves” is arguing the idea of that we are creating the monsters in our life ourselves. He is using many rhetorical techniques to get the readers to not only agree, but also relate to what he is writing. Beal’s arguments are well organized and persuasive. The rhetorical techniques ethos, logos and pathos strongly represented in the text. In my opinion Beal is successfully arguing his main point. This because I can relate to what he is writing, but also because he is writing and presenting himself in a credible way.
The first rhetorical technique Beal is using it pathos. He is trying to get to the readers emotions. The text both begins and end on the subject of September 11. Beal states, “In the immediate wake of the September 11 tragedies, however, I wondered whether the monsters might go into hiding along with irony” (1). September 11 is something that easily gets people’s attention and most people are able to relate to. That day people made monsters out of the people behind the attack.
Beal also use ethos in his text. This is to seem credible. “Last spring I taught a new course called “Religion and Horror”” (2). In this sentence he is telling the readers that he knows a lot at about the subject,...
A.I Stephanie Luke
The Monstrous “Monster”
In The Hunger Games, an unsuccessful revolution against an immoral ruler leads to the development of a game where 24 young men and women fight to the death until only one remains. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, takes her sister’s place to compete in this winner-takes-all game. Katniss is portrayed as the under-dog who will ultimately prevail throughout the movie. With the use of camera angles, music and dialogue, Katniss is given superiority over the other competitors. This superiority establishes, as seen through the essay Monster Culture (Seven Theses) by Jeffery Cohen, that Katniss is a rebellious monster who threatens The Capitol’s way of life. Although Cohen focuses on the negative aspects of monsters, in the Hunger Games, Katniss’ monstrous inability to conform to expectations and social order can be viewed as a positive attribute that induces a necessary radical change.
The inhabitants of District Twelve believe that Katniss has a good chance of winning; she is smart, resourceful and an exemplary archer. Although she may have the elements necessary to win, she also needs the support of the sponsors, who during the competition are able to send her much needed supplies. Katniss’ coach, Haymitch Abernathy, claims that the only way to get sponsors is to be liked. Katniss soon discovers that in order to be liked she must...