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Fisher-Edelglass 1 Zachary Fisher-Edelglass 15 April 2013 EN102 Professor Hays I Am Monster For centuries, monsters have been an essential element of society. One of the best ex- amples is a vampire, a creature which has had a significant presence in pop culture. Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend provides an interesting perspective on what makes a monster, allowing readers to see that a monster is simply the “other” through the characters of Robert Neville. This is proven by applying Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s Monster Culture (Seven Theses) to how the char- acters of Robert Neville and the vampires are depicted. Many people can only see their own per- spective, and fail to recognize how that “other” is viewing them. Society constantly comes up with reasoning for why something is a monster. But with all the bad things society brings to the world can not say that society is not in fact creating these monsters. Monsters have always played in significant role in many cultures. They are the embodi- ment of the fears that a society has.
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