The Understanding of a Monster
When analyzed online many of the definitions you will find for the word monster include: a strange or horrible imaginary creature, one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior, or an animal of strange and/or terrifying shape. (Merriam Webster) When observing the “Monster Theory” by Jeffrey Cohen and the 7 theses that he provides in this text, one can begin to somewhat disagree with these formal definitions and attempt to say that it has an even greater meaning. Monsters might scare us and frighten us because of their physical appearances but also can provide us with possible solutions to gaps and uncertainties in our mind that Sigmund Freud would label as “The Uncanny”. I can only but agree with Cohen’s proclamations that the monster’s body is a cultural body, a monster is the harbinger of category crisis, and a monster stands at the threshold of becoming. These theses attempt to explain the diversity of the term monster when it comes to different cultures and the human imagination of what has been, is, and can be.
The first of the seven theses that Jeffrey Cohen proposes in “Monster Theory” is that the Monster’s body is a cultural body. What exactly does he mean when he states this? What he means by this, is that a monster is something that people from different specific cultures imagine in order to signify meaning of the unknown and the things that typically scare us. A perfect example that was provided early on in the course was the use of Satan. Satan or the devil is a common character amongst all cultures and is often depicted as the ruler of all evil in the world. People could either interpret him as a monster because he is greatly related to evil or worship him if they believed his actions were acceptable. Not only is there Satan but we could also look at the aliens that were in the movie District 9 to see some cultural resemblance. The aliens in this movie were greatly treated as monsters and were isolated from...
Many people perceive monsters as anything grotesque or not looking like the norm. In the book On Monsters, written by Asma, he mentions an array of monsters. He states, “One aspect of the monster concept seems to be the breakdown of intelligibility. An action or a person or a thing is monstrous when it can’t be processed by our rationality, and also when we cannot readily relate to the emotional range involved” (Asma 10). Because our perception is blinded by appearance, we fail to see the truth behind a monster –their actions. Although people define a monster by their appearance, it’s their actions that give them their identity.
For example, catastrophes are monsters because of all the devastation and destruction they cause. Asma implies, “Sometimes the monster is a display of God’s wrath” (Asma 13). The tsunami and earthquake of Japan, for example is a recent manifestation of God’s wrath. Because of this catastrophic monster, countless people lost their lives, homes, cars, and face strenuous work to clean and restore what was once there. God doesn’t just conjure up a catastrophe whenever he pleases; although sometimes people need reminder of his existence and power. These catastrophes are a reminder of just that –His existence and power. God is the creator of every living form in the world, but that doesn’t make him a...
In response to article “Monster Parents”
8th September 2014
8th September 2014
Dear Mr. Leung,
Recently, I read your article on “Monster Parents” in the January 2013 issue of the English Channel. There are many outstanding points and some that I disagree with.
It has come to my attention that “Monster Parents” cling to their children. Most couples only have one child these days. Therefore it is obvious that they care and give lots of attention about their only child, it is totally understandable. However, they need to let go at some point. As you mentioned in your magazine, ‘While visiting the University canteen recently and seeing that half of the people there seemed like parents instead of students,’ I totally understand why parents would be overprotective of their only child also whilst at university.
As well as parents who go to University with their child, you also mentioned that parents were seen camping over night outside three Kindergartens in Tseung Kwan O. Some of the parents already started queuing up a day earlier to apply for places on Pre-nursery classes. Similarly, eager parents also filled Diocesan Boys School on primary admission. I definitely agree that these parents’...
Sanyika Shakur aka Monster Kody Scott
Growing up in a world of gangs, death, and suffering Kody Scott also known as Monster Kody grew up in a life of struggle. From eleven years old Kody knew what he wanted a to be, a gangster. Nothing could stop him from becoming one of the most feared gang member of the late 1970's and early 80's except maybe his own conscience. Kody Scott goes through an evolution, from a child toMonster Kody to finally Sanyika Shakur his Muslim name. Sanyika Shakur is a true survivor, considering everything that has taken place in his life he has managed to make something of himself from nothing.
Kody Scott was born into the gang life weither he liked it or not. Born on 1963 in South Central Los Angeles Kody's life would be affected by the growing number of gangs inevitably. Kody knew he had a choice to be made, be a gang member or be a pedestrian. He viewed pedestrians as spineless nerds who were always victims of someone's ridicule or physical violence, who never responded to an affront of any type. He himself had a taste of pedestrian life in grade school were he was picked on and had his lunch money taken from him. "Early on I saw and felt both sides of the game being played where I lived. It was during my time in elementary school that I chose to never be a victim again, if I could help it"(Shakur 100). Being in a gang gave Kody a feeling of security in a city...
Blade of RA
This is the untold story of the blade of RA. Whose magical powers are said to make the wielder of the blade have untold of powers and strength. It is said that this power is so great the one to posses this blade will be named king of kings. Our story begins in young Egypt following a young orphan boy named Atem. Who’s parents was killed by the evil king when he was seven years old, because they defied the king’s law to give up a key that contains the secrete to unlocking the blade of RA in the underground passage of the pyramid of Dashur.
One day Atem wakes up on the outskirts of town. Now sixteen years old time has passed since the dreadful day of the murder of his parents. He rubs the ruby red necklace giving to him by his father who told him to keep it safe. Atem stomach growls and realizes that it is time for him to snag something to eat for breakfast. But he realize today would be hard to steal something to eat. He convinces himself anyways and heads into the market. Meanwhile the Evil King Nefer was preparing to greet the people in the market. Before he did so he consulted with the Atum( a shadow figure who can foretell the future). The Atum told the King your reign, as King will soon come to an end, by the hands of a young man who can pull the blade of Ra from the pyramid of Dahsur. The King responds how could that be the only people who had the key. I killed them and burned down their house.
The Atum replied the boy lives. Furious with rage...
...can relate us to abstract things like monsters such as, watching horror films. For example, out of all the genres of horror films, audiences are more attracted to slasher films—“hardly seen killer, an atmospheric place where the murderer occurs, a ‘final girl’ (usually the most attractive female character who survives until the final credits, peculiar ways of eliminating the victims, and an ambiguous ending” (135). Slasher films are preferred by young people because it consist the previous elements listed. A popular slasher film, Halloween, directed by John Carpenter in 1978, has become the inspiration of many slasher movies now. Halloween is a movie about a young boy, Michael Myers, killing teenagers who have become sinners; for instance, these teenagers abuses alcohol, uses drugs and has sex before marriage. Uncivilized emotions remain while civilized emotions are enforced; therefore, slasher films are needed to release the suppressed uncivilized emotions.
A slasher film promotes violence, which goes against the society’s goal of teaching kids to have civilized emotions. Some critics argue that violence and monstrous emotions are supposedly suppressed, so why would we encourage young people to watch horror films? Additionally, as a child, we’re taught to not hurt others or hurt ourselves but watching these slasher films infuses horrible scenes into young people’s minds. Consequently, young people have a change of turning into monsters...
...Kody Scott, also known as “Monster” for his viciousness in beating of a man and further crimes, forms a realistic and brutal picture of gang violence in America. Throughout his story, Scott views his gang participation as the only viable means of survival. Killing is done through the necessity to promote oneself in order to become an O.G., or Original Gangster, the pinnacle of gang member status and achievement. The urge to become an O.G. seems to be paramount in Scott's eyes, and he outlines his plan: first he must build his reputation, then his influence as part of his set, and finally as a “promoter” of the Crips (Shakur, 1993, pp. 14-15). By age eleven Scott's sole desire is to become a gang member of his local set, the Eight Trays. He disregards education, at one point stating how he paid no attention to his middle school teacher, focusing only on the streets and his “homeboys” as source of lifestyle and adventure (Shakur, 1993, pp. 3-4). He clearly reaches his goal, putting the entirety of his mental and physical being into being a gangster, even though it leads him to a life wreaked by violence and prison sentences.
While many factors can be reported to showcase the reasons why an individual would be led to such violence, ethology remains the single most accurate theory in explaining the many facets of gang violence by showing the parallels between animal behavior and the lifestyle of gang members. Ethology also attempts to explain the violence...
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"Monsters" by Anna Quindlen
THE monster under the bed finally arrived at our house the other night. I've been waiting for him to show up for four years. Peter Rabbit had been read, discussed, analyzed and placed nearby for easy access. The little brother was coiled under his blankets, waiting to leap out and seize forbidden tow trucks and alphabet blocks as soon as the sound of the parents' footsteps had faded to a faint thump. The bathtub faucet was drip drip dripping in the next room. The drinks of water had been parceled out, demanded again, refused. The overhead light was off. The night light gleamed.
"I have something very important to tell you."
"There is a monster under my bed."
Do you have any idea how close I came to replying, "Well, it's about time"?
It seems that the monster showed up under my bed just the day before yesterday. I always thought he was a hairy beast with a lot of teeth, a cross between Godzilla and a Gahan Wilson drawing. He never got me, but that was because I was quick and brave and careful. After I finished reading in bed, I...
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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...