"I live! I breathe! I walk! I see! What am I?
Man or Monster?"

We are never deceived, we deceive ourselves.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


(go' lem), n. [Heb., an embryo (Psalm CXXXIX, 16), Adam in the shapeless stage of his creation, a monster; akin to Ar. ghulam. Lad, servant.]

1. In Jewish legends, an artificial man, esp. one created by the Cabalist Rabbi Low of Prague at the end of the 16th century; hence, an automation cf. Frankenstein, robot.

Webster’s New International Dictionary

The most famous story or legend involving a golem is that of Rabbi Loew in Prague who built a clay figure in 1600 to defend the Jewish citizen from oppression. This story was first filmed in 1904 by German Director Paul Wegener and considered to be one of the earliest monster movies and a shining example of german expressionistic filmmaking -- as well as forerunner to the Universal Studios Frankenstein franchise.

"I, the homeless Steppenwolf, the solitary,
the hater of life's petty conventions."


"A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life."

"I am crazy. I am in truth the Steppenwolf that I often call myself; that beast astray who finds neither home nor joy nor nourishment in a world that is strange and incomprehensible to him."

-- Hermann Hesse, "Steppenwolf"

Handsome is that handsome does.
-- Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield

"There were no signs. They never fought. They were never
abusive to each other. He's a cold and calculating type of guy.
This is a guy who has to have all the nice stuff. He wanted his
Del Rio membership."

A horned man's a monster and a beast.
IAGO: There's many a beast then in a populous city, And many a civil monster.

Shakespeare's Othello -- Act IV, scene I

You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

-- P. T. Barnum

Guilty or Innocent?

For I have sworn thee fair,
and thought thee bright,
who art as black as hell,
as dark as night.

-- Shakespeare's Sonnet 147

Good Morning America

The Hulk was featured in a 1970s TV series and several TV movies in the 1980s. The Hulk also had a newspaper comic strip, which ran from October 30, 1979, to September 5, 1982.

Guilty Man or
Innocent Monster?

"That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain."
-- Hamlet, Act I, scene V

"Make me the biggest villain if you want to."
-- Peterson


Or Monster?

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