In Chapter 10 of The Monster Show David Skal begins with a broad assertion: “All


In Chapter 10 of The Monster Show David Skal begins with a broad assertion: “All monsters are expressions or symbols of some kind of birth process” (287), and he focuses on “the unrelenting sense of dread that revolves around the image of a child” (303), concluding that by the 80’s and 90’s “the unborn had merged with the undead” (305). Examine at least two texts which include a birth, a child, children, or in the case of Freaks, the child-like, to develop or refute Skal’s thesis.


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