The Bloody Chamber

The presence of the Monstrous in Gothic literature


1. frightful or hideous, especially in appearance; extremely ugly

2. shocking or revolting; monstrous cruelty

3. extraordinarily great; huge; a monstrous building

4. deviating grotesquely from the natural form or type

5. having the nature or appearance of a fabulous monster

Compare and constrast the ways in which authors present the 'montrous' in their works

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In order to really answer this question, you must first define which of the characteristics of monstrous you want to find. Frankenstein's monster has many of these characteristics, but Shelley shows them in specific episodes throughout the novel. So, for example, when the monster is animated, she describes Victor Frankenstein as shocked by the hideous appearance of the monster which he brought to life.