The Devil In Disguise Summary

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The article, “The Devil in Disguise” by Emma Louise Backe, appeals to the interests of gothic horror fanatics, English scholars, and social savants. Within this article, Backe explains the metaphorical significance of monsters throughout literary history–and how their rebirth exposes the evolution of the public’s unease. Backe goes into detail regarding the origins of well-known monsters such as: Frankenstein, zombies, vampires, and kaiju (Japanese monsters). Examples given by Backe describe zombies as being a representation of the working class being crushed by the greed of capitalism; in addition, vampires delineate the progression of technology and the unknown of colonialism during the 1800’s. Backe then moves to denote the shift of meaning
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