The Cycle of Cruelty and the Monster Narrative

 

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For a while now, I’ve taken an interest in the “monster” narrative in literature. In particular, it allows for discussions of outcasts in a unique way. One of my favorite books is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and one of my favorite movies is Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (gargoyles notwithstanding).

The two carry similar themes, but they offer a look at two different possible outcomes. Where do they overlap and where do they differ?

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