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Lusus Naturae According to wwwdictionarycom a monster is an imaginary or legendary creature ie the boogeyman having a strange or frightening appearance an animal plant or other organism having structural defects or deformities one who inspires horror or disgust any thing or person of unnatural or excessive ugliness deformity wickedness or cruelty Other words that can be used in substitution for the word monster - found on wwwthesauruscom - are beast brute savage villain barbarian vandal glutton degenerate and lusus naturae which is a Latin phrase meaning a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed Upon assessing the literal meaning of the word and the plethora of existing synonyms several instances may be readily recalled from John Gardeners Grendel which clearly exemplify the narrators monstrous temperament including the narrators physique Grendels relentless attacks on Hart and its people and his twisted ponderings of existence One such example of Grendels monstrosity is found where the reader is allowed to examine the characters most intimate inner thoughts Pointless ridiculous monster crouched in the shadows stinking of dead men murdered children martyred cows I am neither proud nor ashamed understand One more dull victim 6 In this passage Grendel not only reveals that he has slain both men and children alike but also displays no remorse for the killings he has performed In addition referring to himself as a monster only predisposes the audience to accept such an opinion of the narrator A few pages later in the text the reader sees an extension of the killer as a glutton While they squeal and screech and bump into each other I silently sack up my dead and withdraw to the woods I eat and laugh and eat until I can barely walk my chest-hair matted with dribbled blood 12 Grendel shows here his lone ability to see in the dark while the humans cannot and then continues describing how his potential victims react in horror fully
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