Monsters, By Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And O. P. Lovecraft 's Madness

1482 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Monsters whether human or otherworldly parade through our nightmares and fears time after time. They appeal to our most primal fears. But what about these horrors and creeps truly makes them monsters? Exploring this question gives us insight into our fears and how terror plays with our emotions. Monsters are a common subject in both Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein and H. P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. In Mary Shelley 's novel the man Frankenstein creates his own monster by turning back death itself. In the end, the creature ultimately brings upon Frankenstein’s doom. In At the Mountains of Madness, the monster is not created but rather found. As the two scientists, Dyer and Danforth, explore the unknown of the antarctic they find far stranger things than they expected--namely the incomprehensible shoggoths and the hauntingly familiar yet alien Old Ones. While the creatures are vastly different they have one common similarity, the unnatural. It is the fear created by inhuman strangeness that in the end categorizes the creatures as monsters.
Through the first story, Frankenstein 's creature lets himself become a monster because he is forced into that position. Others see him as a monster thus he begins to take the role. “I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me?” (Shelley 144). All of humankind…

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