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Monsters have a lot of meanings and have been defined in various ways in different cultures They are associated with scary and unexplainable things that we cannot overcome We create monsters constantly in our subconscious with foreign things that we encounter every day Starting from as little as the mysterious sound that we hear in the dark to the mysterious stranger with the body completely covered with black sheets Although we do not necessarily associate monsters as scary things we do associate them with fear In the West racism is one of the big components that will not go away From centuries ago until now we see people express their fear of different races in different ways Gothic genre is the most popular genre to have these racial messages in between the lines and the characters All of the foreign people are always associated with monsters This means that monsters reflect society mindset about xenophobia the fear or hatred against foreignersStarted as early as the novel Dracula we can see the metaphors and symbolism in the monster of other cultures At the time when Dracula was first published the Jews were migrating to England Englishmen were scared of the Jews taking over England Robert Louis Stevenson the author of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde expressed this matter in the novel We can clearly see the resemblance of the Jews in Hyde and also in Dracula Stevenson described Hydes feature as peculiarly arched nostrilsa lofty domed foreheadsharp white teethpale dwarfishtroglodytic qtd in Halberstam 131 These features matched exactly with the features of the Jews Dracula is also associated with a sexual creature He would suck English womens blood on their necks like giving them a hickey This concerned a lot of Englishmen because it made them think that the Jews were trying to steal
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