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Literary Precedents for Beast

Peter Benchley
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The use of a giant squid as a mysterious source of danger has been a standard device for the novelist for over a hundred years. Homer in The Odyssey had made the Scylla a mythical monster, and the actual creature is still not well known. Victor Hugo used it in an episode of his Les Travailleurs de la Mer (1866; The Workers of the Sea), and four years later Jules Verne would put one in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870; see separate entry). In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the giant squid is also a villain, but it seems to be a mindless one, unlike Benchley's beast.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Beast from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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