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8 of Literature Worst Monsters (Who weren’t all that bad)

Who are literature’s worst monsters, but aren’t actually all that bad? Who has a silver lining that we can look into? Who are the almost monsters of literature that are almost terrible but not quite?

Let’s find out!

 

 

8-Vernon Dursley

Vernon Dursley

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At least Umbridge told Harry the truth! At least she told him that he shouldn’t lie!

Not only did this pig in a human suit lie to Harry, but he abused him since he was a BABY. He’s not even magical.

Objectively, of all the characters from the Harry Potter series, Vernon Dursley is just the worse. He’s human, so we can judge him as much as we want, for keeping a baby in a closet under the stairs for ELEVEN YEARS. Voldemort had the decency to try and kill Harry, Umbridge at least spoke in a nice voice, but Vernon just yelled at him, smacked him around, lied about his parents, and threw him under a closet for ELEVEN YEARS.

To make matters worse, no one called the cops. At least Petunia kept the blanket Harry came in when he was a baby.

At least Umbridge told Harry the truth! At least she told him that he shouldn’t lie!

Voldemort had the decency to try and kill Harry, Umbridge at least spoke in a nice voice, but this pig in a human suit just yelled at him, smacked him around, lied about his parents. At least Aunt Petunia kept the blanket Harry came in when he was a baby. Of all the characters in the Harry Potter series, he’s not even magical, but he’s certainly one of the worse.

OR IS HE?

Horcruxes can influence those around them and Voldemort made one out of Harry. Thus the Dursleys’ dislike of him was exacerbated by Voldemort’s magic.

 

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Granted, J K Rowling said this:

James was amused by Vernon, and made the mistake of showing it. Vernon tried to patronise James, asking what car he drove. James described his racing broom.

Vernon supposed out loud that wizards had to live on unemployment benefit. James  explained about Gringotts, and the fortune his parents had saved there, in solid gold.

Vernon could not tell whether he was being made fun of or not, and grew angry. The evening ended with Vernon and Petunia storming out of the restaurant, while Lily burst into tears and James (a little ashamed of himself) promised to make things up with Vernon at the earliest opportunity.

Either way, Vernon might not be as bad we thought he is (though he’s still pretty terrible)

 

7-Moby Dick

Moby Dick

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The titular character from Moby Dick, at the end of the day, is a WHALE. It has no concept of good of evil, it’s just a big whale.

 

Captain Ahab

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Captain Ahab is the rotten one here. Blame him, not the whale!

 

 

6-Alexandra Finch Hancock

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While not the worse character in To Kill a Mocking Bird (the real monster is Bob Ewell), Aunt Alexandra is a racist piece of crap. The formidable matriarch of the Finch family, Aunt Alexandra is the king of woman who wears a corset even under her bathrobe. Before she even comes onto the page, Scout compares her to Mount Everest: “throughout my early life, she was cold and there,” but when she comes on the page she far exceeds our expectations of her.

Bossy, hyper-critical, Aunt Alexandra likes thinks done her way or the highway. Imagine the pressure poor Atticus is under when she targets him, taking umbrage with his client, Tom Robinson, noting that the case might endanger the Finch reputation.

She forgoes human decency because of the family. To her, “what is the best for the family” is more important than the family itself.

Aunt Alexandra, in underlining the moral of young Sam Merriweather’s suicide, said it was caused by a morbid streak in the family. Let a sixteen-year-old girl giggle in the choir and Aunty would say, “It just goes to show you, all the Penfield women are flighty.” Everybody in Maycomb, it seemed, had a Streak: a Drinking Streak, a Gambling Streak, a Mean Streak, a Funny Streak.

She’s obsessed with family streaks, hinting that she believes that the Finches are destined to be superior. In a book about racism, the real reason Aunt Alexandra doesn’t think Atticus should take the case are clear.

She also uses it to beat Scout over the head with.

Oh, yeah, Scout is in her line of sights as well. Scout is a tomboy, Aunt Alexandra is a proper lady, the pinnacle of the South. Thus, Alexandria sets to work trying to quash Scout’s tomboyish tendencies and forge a new identity for her.

Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life.

But it’s not just racism, Aunt Alexandra is also a classist. When Scout wants to play with Walter, a poor boy, Aunt Alexandra:

…took off her glasses and stared at me. “I’ll tell you why,” she said. “Because—he—is—trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what.”

 

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However, are we judging her too harshly? Is our picture of her incomplete?

After Tom is killed, family affection that looms largest for Aunt Alexandra, telling Miss Maudie:

“I can’t say I approve of everything he does, Maudie, but he’s my brother, and I just want to know when this will ever end. […] It tears him to pieces”

She’s concerned for her brother, standing by him even when she disagrees with him. Make of that what you will, but at least she’s not Bob Ewell, a man so terrible that I’ll bet when Boo Radley killed him no one in town even batted an eye. Not even his daughters.

 

5-Grendel’s Mother

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Depending on your translation of Beowulf, she is either called Grendel’s mother or Grendel’s dam, but I’d liked to call her Mother-whose-son-had-his-arm-ripped off.

I think we can all sit down and agree that Grendel is a monster. He terrorized a village and Beowulf was in the right in defending the town against that monster, but Grendel’s Mommy isn’t that bad. Her son was returned to their cave mortally wounded, one of his two arms (or claws) ripped from its shoulder socket and now hanging in a mead-hall as a grotesque trophy.

Of course she’s going to be mad. And you know what? Good for her for stealing her son’s arm back. Why’d they even want it so bad?

 

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But Beowulf just had to come, invading her home, and decapitating her.

Her motive is human and, from her point-of-view, she’s lived there over a hundred years and was never a problem. She just wanted her son’s arm, but they just had to kill her because she was a monster. As Tyrion once said, “I wish I was the monster you think I am!”

 

 

4-Cholly Breedlove

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Pecola Beedlove, a young black girl, is routinely mocked by other children for her physical appearance. The only person to find her desirable is her father.

Cholly Breedlove makes this list. To make a long story short, he abuses his wife, he burns down his family home, and repeatedly rapes his own daughter.

But he’s not quite the evilest character Toni Morrison has ever created. In his one and only appearance in The Bluest Eye, we learn quite enough about him that creates a picture of how abusive is cyclical.

 

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Abandoned in a junk heap as a baby, Cholly is taken in by two white men who force him to perform sexually for their amusement. When he finally meets his father, he shits his pants.

Thrown in a world where people abuse him, Cholly grows up into a man who doesn’t care about life. He’s free, but he cannot love or be loved. He does what he wants, uncaring for what happens him.

He rapes his daughter to remind himself that he is alive. He rapes her to feel the pain he felt as a child because that’s all he knows. He’s a monster made from monsters who tries to make his own daughter into a monster, all the time thinking ‘monster’ is synonymous with ‘human.’

 

3-Jaime Lannister

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Kingslayer.

Oathbreaker.

Snobbish, rude, Jaime Lannister is in a relationship with his twin sister, Cersei, making three bastards that are set to become Kings and Queens themselves without the actual King Robert none the wiser. He even throws Bran out a window when he catches him having sex with his sister, crippling the boy.

But do I even need to explain why this character from George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series just isn’t as bad as he sounds?

At the age of fifteen Jaime become the Kingsguard to the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen. He took an oath to defend the King no matter what, and he broke that oath.

 

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Yeah, he killed the king, but for two years he witnessed the Mad King’s growing insanity and tendency for burning men alive first hand. One night after burning someone alive, Aerys visited the chambers of his wife and raped her. During this time, Jaime was outside, telling his fellow Kinsguard that they were sworn to protect the queen as well, to which he was told, “but not from him.”

Later, during a rebellion, Aerys devised a plot to burn the entire city to the ground rather than lose it. Upon learning about this plan, the Hand to the King resigned and Aerys burned him alive. Jaime stood back.

When Aerys ordered the city to be burned, Jaime killed everyone involved, including the King, an action which saved the whole city and caused them to hate Jaime for breaking his oath. Even after he was pardoned, even Jon Snow, who “[knows] nothing,” notes that “[t]hey called him the Lion of Lannister to his face and whispered ‘Kingslayer’ behind his back.”

 

2-The Wicked Witch of the west

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Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t judge a witch by their name. Plus, odds are this witch only chose the name because of the alliteration. Ignoring the film adaptation and the musical and book the musical is based on, the original Frank L Baum book introduced her only when some magician tells Dorothy to murder her.

Taking the film into consideration, however, the Wicked Witch is still sympathetic. Dorothy murdered her sister, dropping a house on her head, and then her sister’s body disintegrated. The last thing the Witch has to remember her sister by is a pair of shoes, which Dorothy can’t give her and Glinda refuses to take off her feet.

 

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Imagine if your sibling was murdered and the murderer had their prized heirloom on their feet, refusing to give it you because they didn’t like you. And why doesn’t Dorothy try to talk to the Witch? Is it because she’s Green?

The Witch was in the right. She might not have gone about it the right way, but Dorothy is a murderer hanging out with a discount iron man, a scarecrow (don’t give him any fear toxin), and a lion.

Plus, Wicked, both book and musical changed our minds about this Witch.

 

 

1-The SharkJaws

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IT’S A SHARK! It has no concept of good of evil, just food and hunger. Both in the Peter Benchley novel and the Steven Spielberg film, it is a big hungry shark.

 

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The mayor should have closed the beaches. Blame him (or the mob), not the shark.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Compelling Reasons Why I Think Bran Planned This

In their explanation as to why Bran won the throne, Vox wrote that

….after a full season of people talking about how maybe the right person to sit on the Iron Throne is someone who doesn’t want it, Bran said in the season’s fourth episode that he basically doesn’t want anything anymore. Stark/Snow 2020: They don’t want anything!

While this line might be the funniest thing ever written, it might not be exactly true. Hear me out: I think Bran planned this.

Don’t believe me? Luckily I’ve got Twitter on my side.

 

 

Okay, Twitter might not be the best ‘person’ to have on my side, but the theory makes way too much sense. Let’s break it down.

 

 

4. If he can see the future, why isn’t more helpful?

“I’m the Three Eyed Raven” isn’t a sufficient explanation about what he’s doing. He sees the future, but doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t even tell them he had this vision….

 

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….which ends up looking a lot like this, when Dany was burning King’s Landing to the ground.

 

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So for someone who sees the future, he fails to mention that:

A. Euron is planning to ambush Dany and kill her dragon.

B. Dany will murder everyone

Something’s fishy here.

 

3. Battle of Winterfell

Right before the Battle of Winterfell, Bran doesn’t do anything; he just stays by his favorite tree. He doesn’t try to leave, and he never asks, “Hey, Theon! Can you wheel me closer to my sister? It’s cold out here!”

Why?

Flash forward to the Battle of Winterfell and what does Bran do? He wargs into…what exactly?

“As far as I understand it, he’s just in the ravens,” Isaac Hempstead Wright told The NY Times. I guess he wants to watch the battle.

 

 

Why? Is he that curious to see how trash Jon and Danny’s tactical plans actually were? Or he is looking for something?

He’s watching the Night King.

The Night King comes up to Bran and is about to murder him and Bran, well, he just stares at his would-be killer. Like he does to everyone now. He doesn’t scream, he just looks him.

 

Bran and the Night King

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That’s a very different reaction from where first saw the Night King and looked scared, like a normal human.

 

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Upon meeting the Night King again, Bran’s knows something. We already know that the Night King “was once just a normal guy who… didn’t ask to become this raving, crazy ice killer…” but Bran knows something else.

If he really sees the future, then he knows at that moment that Ayra will come and slay the Night King like she’s playing on easy mode.

Did Bran know that the Night King was going to die?

 

2. Jon’s Parentage adds chaos to the mix

The Night King is on his way, Cersei just pulled out of helping Dany and Jon, and what does Bran do? He tells Sam that Jon’s mother was Lyanna Stark and his father was Rhaegar Targaryen just when Sam happened to have the marriage certificate, thus giving Jon a much better claim to the throne that Dany.

 

Bran learns the truth about Jon's parentage

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What does this add up to? Making Dany paranoid, giving people an excuse to betray her  (i’m looking at you Varys), and….nothing else. It just adds chaos to the mix and makes things worse. Why? Well, you know what they say…

 

 

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1. Bran is Crowned King

 

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He lets Dany, Jon, Tyrion and Jaime all go to King’s Landing. Dany goes crazy, Jon kills her, and guess who just stopped by? Bran. As if this gigantic stretch of half continent was just a block.

Bran left last, but he obviously left before Jon killed Dany. He might have even left before Dany lost her mind.

And he comes just in time to be at the meeting in which they decide who should be King. Remember that when Jon apologizes for not being there when Bran needed him, Bran says, “You were exactly where you were supposed to be.”

He totally planned for this to happen.

 

Why?

Okay, so Bran might have added some chaos, made sure important people were impossible to move upwards (Jon can’t be King, he murdered the Ruler of the Unsullied and Queen of the Dothraki!), and went at the right place at the right time and became King.

All hail Bran the Broken! But why? He doesn’t care about anything, so why be King?

He has an ulterior motive beyond ‘I’ll be a good king so make me King’. Plus, if you were trying to keep everyone after the devastation, why make Sansa the exception, even if she is his sister. For the good of the realm, Bran should be King of the Seven Kingdoms, but his first order as King is “Make it Six Kingdoms instead”.

Being the king is only a rung in the ladder. Don’t believe me? Re-watch that scene with Bran at the small council table.

 

The small council standing

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Bran: And Drogon? Any word?

Sam: He was last spotted flying East.

Bron: The further away the better!

Perhaps I can find him. Do carry on with the rest.

 

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Excuse me, King Bran the Broken, why do you want to find Drogon? Why not just leave the grieving animal in peace? He won’t come back to the place his mother died, so why go after him?

 

The other three eyed raven

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Bran met the original Three-Eyed Raven, who became a tree. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to become a tree even if it meant extended my life. But you know what lives longer than most humans?

 

A dragon

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