Adalgisa Sosa-Perez, “Monstrosity”

Monstrosity trait is given to imperfect, unpleasant, and out of the ordinary of the social stereotype. Monstrosity is often used to depicted disabled people in movies, Tv shows, and books where their disabilities are target as imperfect and defects. Disability is a condition that may limit a person to complete a task. And that makes the entertainment industry portray disability as a monstrosity that needs to be eliminated shortly in the story. Longmore said that disabled people are the target in fiction because it is a creation of what the society believes. Therefore, there is a stigma around disability that does not help society in understanding that there is more to a person’s disability.

The book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, tells the story of Lennie Smalls, a large man with great extremities, “shapeless face” (Steinbeck), strong and tall in other words a monster. Lennie was mentally disabled, and he is often described as a monster since he was big and strong. For instance, in “Of Mice and Men” Lennie was bullied because of his big size by Curley and other characters of the story. For instance, Curley was looking for his wife and starts to insult Lennie “Come on, ya big bastard. Get on your feet. No big son-of-bitch is gonna laugh at me. I’ll show ya who’s yella” (Steinbeck 62). Even though that Lennie was not laughing at him, Curley insults him because of Lennie’s condition.

Sosa-Perez–Final Project-Leh 355

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