The Mythical Loch Ness Monster: Friend or Foe?

The Loch Ness Monster, or otherwise known as Nessie, is a mythical animal that allegedly lives in Loch Ness, a large freshwater lake near Inverness, Scotland. Many representations of this mythical creature have surfaced in the film industry. Many of the takes on Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, has always been somewhat portrayed as a MONSTER. In Scottish folklore, all of the residence there that have lived there for generation after generation, have all said the same thing. A Loch Ness Monster, lives in the Loch Ness Lake. Even though accounts of an aquatic mythical sea creature lurking in the depths of this historic lake that has had sightings that date back 1,500 years ago. The compelling evidence of this mythical creature has never actually been recoreded. Except for this photo that is known as the “surgeon’s photograph” in 1934 was later to be discredited since this photo was proven to be a hoax. (Tikkanen 1). When someone mentions The Loch Ness Monster, this image is the first thing that comes to mind. I want to paint a more delightful picture of this so-called monster that the rest of the world has labeled it to be. 

 Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is the author of Monster Culture (Seven Theses), this will be the source that I will be using to evaluate Nessie The Loch Ness Monster. I will be analyzing three of the seven monster theories that Cohen has described to us in his book Monster Culture (Seven Theses). Connecting them to Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, as thoroughly as possible. Thesis I: The Monster’s Body Is a Cultural Body, is the representation of time and the place of a specific monster can occur in time whether it’s a specific period or place during a movie, show, book. Cohen is very intuitive and states that “the monster is born only at this metaphoric crossroads, as an embodiment of certain cultural moment — of time, a feeling, and a place”. In 565 ad. the first written account for Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, appears in a biography of St. Columba (Tikkanen 1).Which means that this Loch Ness Monster, could have been real at some point throughout our history.  According to that work, Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, had bitten a swimmer and was prepared to attack another man when Columba intervened, ordering the beast to “go back” (Tikkanen 2). The sea creature obeyed, and over the centuries only occasional sightings were reported. Now recently in 1933. Nessie The Loch Ness Monster’s legend began to reappear. For some reason a road was built adjacent to Loch Ness Lake, offering an unobstructed view of the Loch Ness Lake (Tikkanen 3). 

 In that same year of 1933 the same year the road was built a couple saw an enormous animal—which they compared to as a “dragon or prehistoric monster”—and after it crossed their car’s path, it disappeared into the water (Tikkanen 3). Relating this theory, The Monster’s Body Is a Cultural Body, towards The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie given the period when first sighted in 565 ads. was around the time Justinian the Great was ruling all of the Western Roman Empire (Tikkanen 4). Which had become an eraof war at sea.  It only makes sense to draw claims of seeing a mythical sea creature around a body of water just after being brutally traumatized with the essence of war. We can draw parallels and see why people have or may have not seen the actual existence of Nessie The Loch Ness Monster. 

Thesis VI: Fear of the Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire. Thesis VI is concerning itself with the ability that the monster always seems to attract others no matter the state of mind. Cohen suggests that “monsters are continuously linked to forbidden practices, to normalize and to enforce”. Cohen believes that “society likes to be scared”. For the past century Loch Ness Lake in Inverness, Scotland has become a tourist attraction for people all around the globe. In hopes of enduring the immense amount of terror and thrill that comes from being able to see or be in the presence of Nessie The Loch Ness Monster. As Jeffrey Jerome Cohen stated, “linking of monstrosity with the forbidden makes the monster all the more appealing as a temporary egress from constraint”. Two keywords in this statement “Egress” and “Constraint”. The definition of egress is “the action of going out of or leaving a place” (Oxford Dictionary). Nessie The Loch Ness Monster has been around for 1,500 years a well-known mythical creature and yet people all over the planet egress towards this mythical creature in hopes of seeing the unknown. 

 Thesis VI: Fear of the Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire. Constraint. The meaning in which is said to have “a limitation or restriction” and also a “stiffness of manner and inhibition in relations between people” (Oxford Dictionary). Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, has far exceeded our expectations of what this mythical creature actually is or if it even roamed on the earth long before we did. The restrictions are what hold us back from the truth people want to believe The Loch Ness Monster, exist but they are restricted from their own beliefs. The stiffness of manner and inhibition of the relations between people are virtually identical. They all want the same thing to witness, to observe or to feel this mythical creature just by its essence of existence. If Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster, were real these people would love to feel that sense of fear. Which is why it ties into Cohen’s Monster Theory, Theory VI: The Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire. Let’s face it if Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, were real people would go above and beyond to get as close as we possibly can to the creature to feel that feeling that we rarely only feel in movies, video games or when doing very dangerous activities. This is why Theory VI: The Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire.  is so important and almost wrong not to connect Nessie The Loch Ness Monster with this theory.  

The Loch Ness Monster, attracts those who are seeking the unknown. (Eerie music starts to play as you read the rest)

The last monster theory that will help finalize my analysis and evaluation towards Nessie The Loch Ness Monster will be, Thesis II: The Monster Always Escapes. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen states in his Monster Culture (Seven Theses) “This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine”. Cohen seems to be addressing the fact that humanity has addressed its own darkest fears and actions. Portraying them in movies, shows, art, etc. Is it possible that almost every single interpretation towards Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, have all resulted in the same plot and climax? Where Were Ness the Loch Ness Monster, is a terrifying sea creature from the depths of the sea seeking to harm humanity. All except one movie in 2007. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. The movie directed and written by Jay Russell has the audience follow a young boy named Alex Etel. On the shore of Loch Ness, Scotland, Inverness Alex Etel finds an unusual egg. When it hatches, it releases a surprise which turns out to be a water horse, the legendary creature from Scottish mythology.  Every movie or book that has been published they all make Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, out to be some evil killing monster that lurks in the Loch Ness Lake in Inverness Scotland.  Cohen says “Monsters are our children.”. We created Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, out to be some actual monster. But if Nessie were real. I would prefer to accept the fact that it would be more along the lines of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. In this film Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster, is very much a gentle giant sea creature. Never harming anyone in the film but only when Alex Etel’s life was in danger due to the soldiers trying to bring down The Water-Horse. Even the very title of the film is captivating not portraying any fear or of monstrous intensions. The film is very heart-warming and shows the viewers that not all monsters are monsters. Even when we perceive them to be, our eyes fool us. 

All and all. Nessie The Loch Ness Monster, is a majestic wonder in the world of folklore. The grading system will be of that of a school system, except there is no pluses or minuses. I will give The Loch Ness Monster in the film industry a nice even C. Since most of the films are making The Loch Ness Monster be a monster, but The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Helped boost this grade because of the different take on the mythical creature. The last grading criteria will be the legend itself and folklore. I will be giving this one an A. Because the conversation of there actually being The Loch Ness Monster will always be up for debate. Generations after generations they will keep the mythical creature alive throughout the essence of time. The mythical Nessie The Loch Ness Monster is a B “monster”. 

Who knows. Maybe in due time, we’ll see the actual Loch Ness Monster reveal itself…

Annotated Bibliography

“Loch Ness Monster (Nessie).” Monkeyshines on Mysteries in History, Jan. 2004, p. 14. EBSCOhost, This is the first-ever documented sighting of Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie. The first-ever sighing was in 565 C.E. I will be using this evidence in my essay to show the first-ever recorded history of the Loch Ness Nessie Monster. 

“Nessie in Dramatic New Loch Ness Appearance?” British Heritage, vol. 34, no. 6, Jan. 2014, p. 11. EBSCOhost, This article has an image of the so-called Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. A photographer captured what it seems to be a wave in the Lake where Nessie is living. I will use this evidence to apply it the Theory 2 “The Monster Always Escapes” of the 7 theories. 

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Monster Theory: Reading Culture. University of Minnesota Press, 1997. This will be my primary source of evidence to help me identify the Loch Ness Monster into these theories. Also helping me understand the Loch Ness Monsters purpose and more relatable theories. 

Loxton, Daniel. “The Loch Ness Monster.” Skeptic [Altadena, CA], vol. 11, no. 1, 2004, p. 96B. Academic OneFile, Accessed 18 July 2019. This book of the Loch Ness Monster is very relevant to my research because it has recent sightings and more compelling evidence for me to use. I will try to use this so that I can apply them to my primary source which is The Monster Theory.

Tikkanen, Amy. “Loch Ness Monster.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., This article helped me recover the first evidence of The Loch Ness Monster. I will be using this in my evaluation because this is historical data that is very sufficient for my work.