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Monster theory rests on the implicit assumption that the monster is never part of the victims social group it is always some other A proper framework to test this thesis out is through Beowulf and its modern day adaptations The 13th Warrior and Beowulf 2000 When comparing how different Grendels Mother is to the victims society one can find insights into her characterization within the various adaptations In Beowulf Grendels Mother is faintly described but described enough to make her an outsider and an other Grendels mother is described as an aquatic witch-monster with claws essentially something alien to human knowledge except for a slight resemblance to a woman This void of human similarities adds to its horror and how she is portrayed for it is easier to hate an alien than a neighbor Even when she exhibits human characteristics such as revenge for her son she is ostracized from humanity due to her basic characteristics When someone similar does something bad it is not so bad but when an alien does the same bad action its heinous Hence her human characteristics cause her to be considered as heinous a fiend as Grendel simply because she does not look human Her description however is so weak and lacking that it makes it easy for others to anthropomorphize her and thus make her harder to hate and easier to identify with In contrast to Beowulf The 13th Warrior depicts a Wendel and Wendels mother as humans who are simply insane and barbaric but the band of warriors they were civilized These heinous humans live on the edge of the homeland and practice a different lifestyle and ideology they are outsiders and others This characterization of Wendels mother as a woman with a bear fetish represents an anterior culture as monstrous justifies its displacement or extermination by rendering the act heroic Cohen 8 Wendels mother however is not depicted as the blatant other Physically Wendels
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