The Eyre Affair

In the Eyre Affair, literature is a very highly valued piece of work. Whether it’s time travel, vampires, or crazy inventions, the world within the novel is definitely extraordinary. The characters within the book do note on the bizarre nature and mysteries of their world; however, these crazy things are still within their social norms.

When the evil Acheron Hades is first introduced, the fact that he has supernatural abilities (such as his hearing and cannot be killed) is definitely marked as amazing and far-fetched. But when it is discovered that these abilities are all real, it is relatively easily accepted by those after him. This is because crazy things are normal in this world!

With that said, I think it would be very easy for a person in the world of The Eyre Affair to view these crazy abilities as talents – whether they are labeled “good” or “bad” talents are irrelevant. They are still talents.

Imagine a world in which you have the ability to crush metal objects with your mind! You go from crushing cans to crushing incoming bullets to eventually crushing cars and planes. Regardless of if this talent is being used for good or evil, that is still extremely impressive! I believe that is the mindset that the characters of The Eyre Affair have in regards to these talents that create such monstrous acts.

Once one is able to overcome the shock and disbelief of a talent, then it is able to be appreciated. When Thursday notes that Hades is very impressive, I think the fact that he is doing bad things stumps people. I do not believe that Thursday is condoning these actions by paying Hades a compliment. I believe that since the evil within Hades is normal to her, she overlooks that fact and strictly bases her comment on the talents in which he posses.

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Monster and demonstrate both have the same root word: “mon”. Mon means “one” and is derived from the Greek word “mons” which means alone. To demonstrate is to show, exhibit, explain, or make evident whereas a monster is anything unnatural, ugly, deformed, wicked, or cruel (as defined by morewords.com). Personally, I have a hard time relating the root word “mon” to monster – I can see that monsters tend to be alone, but that’s as far as I can make the connection. I don’t even see how “one” relates to “demonstrate”, so I believe that this point is as coincidental as “demon” being within “demonstrate”. However, I can see how monsters reveal something.

In Jasper Fforde’s novelĀ The Eyre Affair, the monsters (other than the werewolves and vampires of course) portrayed are human beings with talents and smarts that are used for evil – or monstrous – acts. I am a firm believerĀ Mark Twain’s saying, “Actions speak louder than words…”. When one acts as a monster, they are demonstrating the fact that they are monsters. When one acts in a negative manner, it typically is due to a suppressed feeling or experience. Because of these connections, I definitely believe that monsters reveal something – whether they are revealing a traumatic childhood that shaped them into who they are today or a parallel to how their society behaves and values. However, doesn’t everyone and everything reveal something once you dig deep enough?