English 11

Does this creature (which lives 7,000 feet under the sea) seem monstrous to you? Why?

In this unit, we explore monsters, both present-day and traditional

Etymology of "monster":

From Middle English and Middle French monstre, itself from Latin monstrum, which itself comes from moneō (advise, warn).

Core questions:

  • What is a "monster?”
  • How do people create their own monsters?
  • Why do people invite evil and corruption into their lives?
  • How do people overcome their personal demons in order to achieve their dreams?
  • How can a community become monstrous?
  • What rules are appropriate in dealing with monsters?
  • How do our fears affect the lives of others and ourselves?
  • What do monster stories teach us?

Culminating writing:

  • Extended definition answering question “what does monster mean to me?”


Here he explains fiction's function when it is about mosters and heroes; he then offers the "primitive" definition of "monster":
and here Cole describes the "monstrous" 9/11 attacks:

Tithicotte seems a constructionist, arguing that the public constructs its monsters to fulfill deep and unacknowledged needs, and so we see ourselves in our "monsters":