What is a Monster?

What is a Monster?

The telltale question most people ask is: what is a monster? It is explored in many books. In ‘Fire’ by Kristin Cashore, the main character is a human monster. In ‘The Fallout’ by SA Bodeen, the question is brought up, but it means something differently than in ‘Fire’.

The definition of monster by Merriam-Webster is:

1: a :  an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure

b :  one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character

2 :  a threatening force

3 a :  an animal of strange or terrifying shape

   b :  one unusually large for its kind

4:  something monstrousespecially :  a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty

5:  one that is highly successful


I feel like none of those definitions suits me. An abnormal plant? A threatening force? Something monstrous. A person of extreme ugliness or cruelty? It doesn’t seem right. Some of those definitions are okay. The cruel person? Yes. A cruel person can be a monster. Is a monster always a cruel person? No. What is a monster? Truly?


This…this is a thing hard to place. Someone or something of great deformity can be a definition, but it’s not always that. Fire wasn’t a deformed person. She just had abnormal powers and stunning looks.

Which…makes you wonder what a monster really is?

To me, a monster is someone who is cruel but can be deformed physically. People say that Frankenstein’s monster is a monster. Yes…but why? He can be scary, but he could have just been looking for love. Mr. Hyde is a monster. He’s cruel and a murderer. Is that a monster? By some people, it is.

For me….a monster can be anyone, but ‘monster’ seems like an incorrect term.

In ‘The Fallout’, there are two types of monsters. Lexie’s mother. A murderer. And Rex Yanakakis. A cruel man who does anything he wants and doesn’t let anyone stop him.

I don’t think anyone has the right to call someone else a monster. Authors define monsters differently. Monsters are ‘freaks’. Monsters are outcasts.

If you think monsters are angry people with dangerous thoughts, then I would be a monster. If you think monsters kill, authors could be monsters. Some kill fictional characters off in their books.

No one deserves to be labeled a monster. No one deserves the right to label someone a monster.


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