Monsters must be examined within the intricate matrix of relations (social, cultural, and literary historical) that generate them.
Growing up watching Disney the villains are obvious. The Evil Stepmother and her two terrible daughters, the evil Jafar, A witch tricking the innocent mermaid. There are no shades of grey. One of the first things that I thought of when I read the Monster Theory essay was how difference is often villainized. Humans are notorious for ostracizing something that is different. Ursula is shown to be a greedy witch coveting Tritan’s power. What is that but the midwives of the past being burned for witchcraft because they weren’t doctors. Rewatching things I grew up on as a child with the perspective of an adult it is easy to see the ableism, the racism, the sexism that goes into the villains.