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
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.