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How do monsters reflect their times?
Monsters have been thought to be of ancestral origin to mankind or human species in the older
times. This means that monsters were thought to be some predecessor form of humans in the old
times. This is in part due to the belief that evolution has allowed the monsters to evolve into
humans in a way which is genetically acceptable and plausible and they can be considered to be
either fathers or mothers of the present day humans.
“The monsters of the archaic civilizations are both the predecessors and the progenitors of
modern humans and thus are closely related” (Asma 148). Asma implies that in the older
civilizations, it was believed that monsters evolved into humans and so were closely related to
them. They were in fact the entities from which the modern human evolved. In my opinion, this
notion is partly acceptable as humans and monsters share many traits with each other. The notion
is equally plausible as that of human evolving from dinosaurs. Monsters, owing to their huge and
enormous size can be compared to the dinosaurs of the older eras which are believed by many to
evolve into human beings of the present day. Another similarity is the emotionality attached with
the monsters. Humans possess emotions, those of fear, terror as well. Similarly, the monsters are
associated with the emotions of horror and terror which is quite a humanly attribute.
“Owing to their implacable hatred toward their human offspring, the monsters provoke the first
generational conflicts on record” (Asma 148). Asma implies that monsters have a hatred for their
human offspring, which in my opinion is due to the change of form they experienced while
evolving from monsters into humans. It is therefore that monsters come in the wildest
imagination of human beings and terrify them. The first generation of humans had a lot of
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conflict with their monstrous ancestors, which as Asma implies, lead to the records we have
about such monstrous conflicts with human beings in the early history.
History has maintained the genetic link of humans to the monsters in its various eras; however,
there are variations in the intensity and nature of such beliefs in these eras. “As among their
Middle Eastern predecessors, the Greeks and Romans also maintain a belief in ancient monsters
ancestral to men, as in the case of Giants and Gorgons, who must also be defeated by their heroic
children” (Asma 148). Asma implies that this belief of humans’ genetic link with the monsters
dates back to the Middle Eastern civilization and was carried forwards to the Greek and Roman
civilization as well. Gorgons were monster figures in the Greek mythology. These old beliefs in
various civilizations intensify the possibility of a genetic link of humans with the monsters.
“Like imaginary monsters, one’s own parents are of course temporally prior and epigenetic,
occupying a mysterious prelapsarian, world of which we know little” (Asma 148). Asma furthers
the link of monsters to human’s ancestry by depicting yet another similarity between human
ancestry and monster phenomenon. Asma implies that like the monsters of today who are
imaginary figures for us, as most of the people do not witness a monster in their lifetime, the real
parents of people also come genetically prior to themselves. They know little about the
circumstances of their parents in being totally ignorant to it. So is the case with the monsters. If
one considers them their ancestors, little is known about them or their circumstances. Asma
(148) further describes “They are also (as perceived by small children) immense in bulk,
looming majestically above, all powerful and dominating, and therefore unintentionally
threatening”, a link between the monster phenomenon and parenthood which is perceived by the
children of small ages. This further strengthens the ancestral link of humans and monsters in
being of genetic origin.

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How do monsters reflect their times? Monsters have been thought to be of ancestral origin to mankind or human species in the older times. This means that monsters were thought to be some predecessor form of humans in the old times. This is in part due to the belief that evolution has allowed the monsters to evolve into humans in a way which is genetically acceptable and plausible and they can be considered to be either fathers or mothers of the present day humans. “The monsters of the archaic civilizations are both the predecessors and the progenitors of modern humans and thus are closely related” (Asma 148). Asma implies that in the older civilizations, it was believed that monsters evolved into humans and so were closely related to them. They were in fact the entities from which the modern human evolved. In my opinion, this notion is partly acceptable as humans and monsters share many traits with each other. The notion is equally plausible as that of human evolving from dinosaurs. Monsters, owing to their huge and enormous size can be compared to the dinosaurs of the older eras which are believed by many to evolve into human beings of the present day. Another similarity is the emotionality attached with the monsters. Humans possess emotions, those of fear, terror as well. Similarly, the monsters are associated with the emotions of horror and terror which is quite a humanly attribute. “Owing to their implacable hatred toward their human offspring, the monsters provoke the first generational conflicts on record” (Asma 148). Asma implies that monsters have a hatred for their human offspring, which in my opinion is due to the change of form they experienced while evolving from monsters into humans. It is therefore that monsters come in the wildest imagination of human beings and terrify them. The first generation of humans had a lot of conflict with their monstrous ancestors, which as Asma implies, lead to the records we have about such monstrous conflicts with human beings in the early history. History has maintained the genetic link of humans to the monsters in its various eras; however, there are variations in the intensity and nature of such beliefs in these eras. “As among their Middle Eastern predecessors, the Greeks and Romans also maintain a belief in ancient monsters ancestral to men, as in the case of Giants and Gorgons, who must also be defeated by their heroic children” (Asma 148). Asma implies that this belief of humans’ genetic link with the monsters dates back to the Middle Eastern civilization and was carried forwards to the Greek and Roman civilization as well. Gorgons were monster figures in the Greek mythology. These old beliefs in various civilizations intensify the possibility of a genetic link of humans with the monsters. “Like imaginary monsters, one’s own parents are of course temporally prior and epigenetic, occupying a mysterious prelapsarian, world of which we know little” (Asma 148). Asma furthers the link of monsters to human’s ancestry by depicting yet another similarity between human ancestry and monster phenomenon. Asma implies that like the monsters of today who are imaginary figures for us, as most of the people do not witness a monster in their lifetime, the real parents of people also come genetically prior to themselves. They know little about the circumstances of their parents in being totally ignorant to it. So is the case with the monsters. If one considers them their ancestors, little is known about them or their circumstances. Asma (148) further describes “They are also (as perceived by small children) immense in bulk, looming majestically above, all powerful and dominating, and therefore unintentionally threatening”, a link between the monster phenomenon and parenthood which is perceived by the children of small ages. This further strengthens the ancestral link of humans and monsters in being of genetic origin. Name: Description: ...
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