that this monster shares human attributes. For Phillips to have introduced human eyes and mouth to the equation of a “monster” serves to symbolize the narrator seeing a fraction of themselves, or rather a fraction of what makes people human in this creature. It sees the fraction that is meantto be primal, wild, free. It embodies a form of instinct that humans have forgotten of, which explicate why the monster looks foreign to the narrator. In using imagery, Phillips utilizes the narrator’s curiosity to drive them into learning more about the creature and it’s true nature. For Phillips to consistently connote the monster to instinct slowly allows her to build up
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Cerda 2the narrator’s desire to see the monster, despite not knowing what it truly is. In spite of the narrator’s disgust towards animals in general, the allure of the monster is somehow above this hate. The narrator confesses to dislike animals, going so far as to “have used weapons against a blundering bat (Phillips 35)”, but this dissipates at the presence of the monster. The narrator instead feels, “Honored (Phillips 40)” at the monster’s abrupt presence, so much so that it
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