Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Monster Verses Monster
Today, people still recognize the ghastly, atrocious Frankenstein as a monster, but according to Deems TaylorÃ¢â¬â¢s Monster, Richard Wagner is the monstrous beast. Monsters are expected to be frightening like Frankenstein, but some monsters are real humans like Richard Wagner. Oddly, when comparing Frankenstein and WagnerÃ¢â¬âthey certainly share some of the same grim features. Frankenstein and WagnersÃ¢â¬â¢ faces manifest a gloomy expression of black death. Their spirit for life lacks warmth in their eyes. FrankensteinÃ¢â¬â¢s eyes are hollow and dreary covered with drooping, eyelids, and underneath his eyes are massive sandbags. Similarly, WagnerÃ¢â¬â¢s vengeful gaze leers inertly like a frozen statue. Taylor says, Ã¢â¬Å"[he has] a genius for making enemiesÃ¢â¬ (695). The pasty bags (sagging above his cheekbones) are blown up like air pockets. Moreover, they share similar shriveled lips. FrankensteinÃ¢â¬â¢s colorless lips are dimly distorted like the mouth of a ruined, porcelain doll. While WagnerÃ¢â¬â¢s, sickly, pale lips evoke a spine-chilling eeriness causing most people to shutter; itÃ¢â¬â¢s the kind that makes the skin crawl with goose bumps. Undoubtedly, their cold expressions are lifeless, and wicked; however, the size and shape of their heads are equally dreadful. Their large, peculiar, heads resemble a heavy mass wobbling like a bobble head. Their foreheads dominate their gigantic skulls. FrankensteinÃ¢â¬â¢s forehead is like a stretched-canvas awning for protection over his eyes. It protrudes along his brow like a piece of metal rod lodged underneath his skin. Likewise, WagnerÃ¢â¬â¢s receding hairline emphasizes the size of his enormous skull. According to Taylor, he states, Ã¢â¬Å"[his] head is too big for his bodyÃ¢â¬ (693). Furthermore, the structure of their chins is abnormally malformed. FrankensteinÃ¢â¬â¢s square chin bulks like a block of wood wedged into his bottom jaw. Its size is the dimension of a small building. On the other hand, WagnerÃ¢â¬â¢s narrow, pointy chin extends like an arrow heading for its target. Indeed, the likeness of Frankenstein and WagnersÃ¢â¬â¢ massive skulls are laughably creepy. Nonetheless, the magnitude of resemblance is uncanny. All the same, the fearsome expressions on a face or the bizarre proportions of a body can depict a vision of a monster. Frankenstein is a character, created, monster, but Wagner is a real person; a monster in the eyes of Taylor. As attested by Taylor, Ã¢â¬Å"the name of [his] monster [is] Richard WagnerÃ¢â¬ (695).