John Knox's anonymously published pamphlet The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous
Regiment of Women (1558) must be seen in this context, as the initial lines of the text clearly illustrate: "Promover a una mujer a que ejerza gobierno, superioridad, dominio o mando sobre cualquier reino, nacion o ciudad es repugnante a la naturaleza, contumelia a Dios, una cosa bien contraria a su voluntad revelada y a su mandato aprobado, y finalmente es la subversion del buen orden, de toda equidad y justicia" (126).
Poe's deviant (perverse) characters fulfill an adjusting function as they illustrate a Gothic tradition that "presents human difference as monstruous
, and then, paradoxically, subverts the categories of exclusion to argue for the humanity of the monster" (Anolik 2010: 2), alluring the reader in a first person narrative of vulnerable confession.
For example, in his now infamous attack on female rule, First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous
Kegiment of Women, John Knox claimed that:
Thus, we get to witness monstruous
alterities created within one's own civilization, as Andreas Breivik's case, in Norway.
And no lesse monstruous
is the bodie of that Common welth, where a Woman beareth empire.
inked top pitching free agent Zack Greinke to a monstruous
6-year, $147 million deal last week.
7 As a system of knowledge of the natural world, moreover, astrology not only challenged the doctrine of free will but posed the additional threat that natural phenomena, such as comets or monstruous
births, might instigate popular unrest (Daston 101-2; Schechner Genuth 66-70).
The confrontation of the normal by the monstruous
ensures that horror movies conform to what Andrew Tudor calls the "seek-it-out-and-destroy-it-pattern".
rejoyseth and mainteineth that monstruous
authoritie as a thing lauful and just" (393).
Motivated to try to case a victim's discomfort, helpers also violate their self-interested independence, making both pain and care monstruous
In his article, Rummo gave an example about destroying books in Nazi Germany and China as "a monstruous
form of ideological struggle" and compared 'killing' books with killing people.
And Hobbes' Leviathan, this Liberalism's Monstruous
Father, proposes a kind of equalitarian model too .