Have you wondered how might a fictional creature have changed through the perspective of our own society over time? Cthulhu Watu is a fictional cosmic entity, whose face is of an octopus with a rubbery looking body as well as having long narrow wings behind and has prodigious claws on its hands and feet. This is described by the author and writer of cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft. He published and introduced a short story of cthulhu in America in 1928. The writer Lovecraft explains his new idea of this fictional creature, but time and society have changed it to have different caricatures especially in cartoons and in movies. As more people tend to alter Lovecraft’s monster novel, it offsets the terror that is perceived through the details it gives. Just as these monsters are created from certain individuals, it has changed from various sources but it tends to bend its original intent of the monster. It alludes to the perspective of having this creature coexist with our ideas of non-scary but also giving the feel of the monster we know of.
In the novel cthulhu was depicted as a grotesque monster that is lurking on an island where no humans are present in which its home was stagnant. Generally it simulates the view that this monster is unknown to humans but it can also prove to be hostile to them. The actions the creature makes explains the differences between the novels and in the movies/cartoons. In the original novel “The Call of Cthulhu”, the creature isn’t really viewed as evil necessarily. Stated by comic vine from the novel, “Cthulhu is amoral, with an ethic that transcends conventional notions of good and evil. Cthulhu only seems evil to humans, as he has his own purposes which we don’t know and cannot comprehend. He regards humanity as of trivial importance, that being just as a potential source of food and slaves” (CV). I think that’s why we as people see it as evil due to the differences compared to a normal human. The thought of not understanding certain situations or an entity gives us a form of discomfort that we can control something. Thinking how this affects our perspective is important because we judge a plethora of things from first impressions. This is the human assumption that leads to dismay. Not until we expand our view of the view of the cause is when we decide of its true nature of evil or good. Just how we judge anything that seems off or poses some form of omnipotent power, we cast our morals and assume it has hostility towards us and wants to harm us humans.
One might view cthulhu as evil and scary especially in movies in which it is overly dramatic in its appearance and in its actions. In one of the movies released back in 2005 called “The Call of Cthulhu” which is the cinematic version of the original novel, it explains how this creature is viewed as a monster and is evil to mankind. The actions from the human characters give the sensation of the creature being malicious and horrendous to humans and pose a threat. Posted by IMDB “a man accidentally stumbles across a series of clues toward an ancient horror lurking beneath the sea, waiting for the time when the “Stars are Right” and it shall be free to wreck havoc upon mankind” (IMDB). This is viewed as quite sinister and horrific to the viewers as they would not want this creature to exist as a possibility. I think this also connects to the one of the monster thesis V: where the monster polices the borders of the possible. I think from this thesis, the creature cthulhu is secluded from any form of human life which makes it difficult to find and give more of a voyage to uncharted areas. Although it is secluded and plausible to find its location, people will arbitrarily find it, as depicted in the movies and novel. The creature governs the border of where humans are restricted from its territory.
In the perspective of cartoons, the shows have a great impact on monsters and usually change our perspective of the creature. Most of the monsters appearances are greatly altered or in its morals. Usually in the form of cartoons is which the appearances are changed to fit with society and demands. One individual critiqued his view of the cthulhu monster back in the 80’s as a cartoon. He states “It was well-drawn for an 80’s TV cartoon, often very funny, and, while not at all scary, it did have some very cool monsters of the week” (Column). As this shows how the emphasis of cartoons is altered, it changes our image of the monsters we feared. It usually is indicating how this monster is best fitted to our society to know about it by everyone including children. Depending on the cartoon they may keep the same attributes of the monster but often has different motives as it should convey with the actions of the protagonist. I think this usually has a bad interpretation of the actual monsters depiction. Between the three of the different variations, the novel conveys the original motives and appearances of the monster. In the form of the monster depicted in all three sources, it has the tendency to evade its predator when in danger. I think this also connects with the thesis II: the monster always escapes. In usual cases the monster tends to escape from the protagonist(s). I think this is why most horror films and cartoons are generally a complete different story from the given monster. I think the writer Lovecraft wanted to appeal to the audience more effectively by giving them the dramatic take on its creature antagonist. As it entices the viewers or readers, it arbitrarily gives the antagonist the chance to escape and provide a feedback of the monster to prolong its presence.
Thinking of the other versions of the monster, it gives me the impression that not always the newer and most cinematic view of the portrayal of the monster should be viewed as accurate. I think the original novel from Lovecraft would be the most accurate detail of the monster cthulhu because he was the original writer and the one that made up this fictitious creature. Also I think that for cthulhu to be the notorious monster that it is, it has to reach a certain threshold with its appearances and motives. Cthulhu is seen as a big sea creature with the head of an octopus, body of a human that has sea life characteristics with wings on the back and having its powers and immortality become and making it a strong monster. Although it has various depictions on cartoons/movies on the view of cthulhu, it doesn’t completely match its descriptions exactly to Lovecrafts descriptions. Of the three, the novel published back in 1928 would ideally be most accurate to me as it exclaims how and what the monster is. Usually I think of the versions where the monster is portrayed excluded from novels tend to have more of a lesser feel that what it truly is. I do concur the thought of most cinematic depictions of monsters have a great impact on viewers due to the exaggeration of the appearance and motives. But the novel has the true view and creation of the monster.
“Cthulhu (Character).” Comic Vine, 8 Apr. 2018, comicvine.gamespot.com/cthulhu/
The information from this source explains what is cthulhu and what he represented as a whole. It gave more of a description to the monster and why it’s viewed as horrendous. I used this in my essay to describe what cthulhu was and how it affects the people that are feared by him. I think it is credible because it comes from gamespot, they have an array of reviews and descriptions of what is monster and games that could be in comics, movies or in novels.
“The Call of Cthulhu (2005).” IMDb, IMDb.com, 7 Oct. 2005, http://www.imdb.com
This was a review of the movie and how it was viewed by the audience. It gave a feedback that addressed the perspective of the movie. I used this source to convey the concept of the monster from the movie and to describe how to are different from each of the different sources. I think this is credible because of imdb is used as a feedback and review from others that have seen the movie and portray as the depictions of the monster as they are.
Sammons, Brian M. “Books.” Innsmouth Free Press, http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/column-cthulhu-eats-the-movies-cthulhu-does-cartoons/.
This summarizes the out view of the cartoon on cthulhu and how it affects the monster view through society. It explains how it was completely different and comical to see the typical monster as a cartoon. This was used to explain how this affects the depiction of cthulhu and how it is different. I think its credible because Brian Sammos is known for his critiques and his views of different monsters and anything horrifying for at least a decade.