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Monsters in literature.

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Monsters in literature In this piece of coursework I will be comparing different stories where writers describe monsters. These stories contain a man made monster, "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, Ebenezer Scrooge, a human monster from "A Christmas Carol" written by Charles Dickens, the alien from "The war of the worlds" by H.G. Wells and another human monster, a young thief, in "Stealing" by Carol Ann Duffy. I think that monsters fascinate us because they are scary and are not the same as normal humans. One of the earliest stories I can remember reading was called "Jack and the beanstalk" In this story the writer wrote about a giant. I thought the giant was feared by everyone because of his size and his loud voice. Another example of a monster was the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood." He was frightening in a different way because he was sly and cunning. A modern version of a monster in a film is "Godzilla." He disturbed viewers because he was gigantic and destroyed buildings and looked frightening. The impression this monster left behind was one of terror. This is a common feature of how writers create their image of a monster. ...read more.

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He seems cruel because of the way he treats people. The author tries to indicate that Scrooge is cold hearted by comparing him to cold weather conditions. For example, "No wind that blew was bitterer than he." Dickens uses lots of words to do with the cold: 'iced', 'frosty', 'froze' and he is using this words to build up an image of Scrooge being like the sort of weather that we all hate and that he is cold and frozen inside. He is cold-hearted. People do not communicate with Scrooge because they see him as a character with no time for others. Some people are afraid of him. 'Nobody stopped him in the street.' The author does not like Scrooge and he shows this because he describes how he does not care about others or what they think of him. This is the viewpoint that the writer gives to the reader and he does it by using the third person so this definitely affects our opinion of Scrooge. He gives a deliberately bad impression of Scrooge at the beginning of the novel so the reader is gripped and wants to know more, wondering if Scrooge will change. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is why he might be thought of as a monster. However, we might feel sorry for the person because he is lonely and bored and nothing to do. 'I'm so bored I could eat myself.' There are clues in the poem that he may be a young person because he said, "Part of the thrill was knowing that children would cry in the morning." This shows he might be a child because he knows if he woke up and his snowman had gone he would cry, so in a way he might be identifying with the children. It also makes you think, when he says, 'Life's tough' that he has had a hard life and that he wants other people to feel his pain. He does say he wants the snowman as a friend, 'a mate'. The pieces of writing about " Frankenstein", "War of the worlds" and "Stealing" are all written in the first person and this gives an immediate personal effect. However, by using third person Dickens can also give us a complete impression of Scrooge. Of all the descriptions the one I like best is the description of Scrooge because of the clever way Dickens creates a human being with monstrous features and then changes him at the end of the novel. ...read more.

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