Sympathetic monsters are classic literary devices—consider Frankenstein, or the Hunchback of Notre Dame, or Dracula. What purpose might an author have in utilizing a monster in a story about the human experience?


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There is a sense of otherness about the monster yet, at the same time, he reflects humanity. It is a paradox that is extremely effective. THere is an innocence about a monster that seeks to understand his tormentors and the people he torments. In many ways the monster becomes a character foil of sorts bringing light the splendid and awful traits of mankind. The monster is an outside observer stuck in the role of disdain and fear.