Will is very brave to try and put a stop to a plague of scary monsters (1).
why does this doctor study monsters(3)?
stating what a monstrumoligit is is very interesting(4)
Rick writes in a very dark way(5).
In the prologue The backstory clearly describes the personality of both will and the doctor.
On pg 11 Rick uses very descriptive language to describe the room.
On pg 7 I get a bad feeling about what the doctor plans to do.
In chapter one will is struggling to deal with his new role with the doctor.
on pg 47 I noticed by writing in journal form will henry is able to write more freely.
By reading the list Will is able to predict that they are going on a dangerous adventure(45).
The doctor shows he is very protective of Will(50).
Will shows no signs of fear I find this unusual (51).
Will is very defensive when it comes to him being a child in a dark business (55).
The doctor shows his experience in monstrumology by showing his process of thinking out loud(60).
Rick uses very descriptive language to make a little action seem so important(61)
once again rick uses descriptive language to describe the thoughts of Will(68).
on pg 71 Will emphasizes how disgusting it was to have someone else blood and body parts on them.
The doctor shows how he prefers the truth(76).
Tention builds between henry and the doc
The doctor tries to explain how much will means to him pg 81
will explains how he feels isolated sometimes from the doc pg87
will uses personification on pg 88
will sees how the doctors emotions can take over him at times(131).
The doctor and will have a tendency to fight back and forth
even though The doctor and will fight they have a special relationship that shows throught the book.
Thesis for The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The main character, Will Henry, forms a relationship with the doctor in order to stay connected to his deceased parents.
In “The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey, the main character, Will Henry, becomes an apprentice for Dr. Warthrop. The doctor specializes in Monstrumology, the study of monsters. Together, they try to uncover the mystery of the new arising monster, the Anthropophagi. If they do not stop these monsters, they will become a threat to many people. They are under a lot of pressure to save the town and this clearly affects their relationship. By discovering the mystery behind these monsters, Will and Dr. Warthrop are able to uncover the truth behind Will’s parent’s death. Over time, Will and the doctor learn to respect each other and work together well for the greater good of the people. The doctor was good friends with Will’s parents, who passed away years ago, and knows a lot about their family’s past. Will forms a relationship with the doctor in order to stay connected to his deceased parents.
Will’s father was the doctor’s apprentice before he passed away. He spent a lot of time working for the doctor, but their relationship was way more than just that. He looked up to Dr. Warthrop and felt almost like he was part of their family. Wills describes how his, “father’s intense loyalty to him, a loyalty that trumped all others, including any sense of obligation, towards his wife or his only child,” was immense (31-32). Will knew how much the doctor meant to his father and by stating that his father had more loyalty to him than his own wife, it shows how strong their connection really was. When he passed away, he felt as though he should take over the apprentice job in order to honor him. By becoming close to the doctor, he is finding a way to stay close to his father.
By questioning the doctor and his past, Will is trying to uncover the reasons why his father had such a strong relationship with him. He wants the doctor to tell stories and explain their everyday lives because Will wants to feel as though his father is still alive and stay connected. While they are working on the mystery, Will continues to egg the doctor on about details about his father. After asking the doctor to write about his father’s life, he says, “i thought you might have left a note. The notion that he might owe me an explanation about his whereabouts was completely foreign to him,” (107). When the doctor walked away, Will asks him repeatedly if he was off writing a note about his parents. He starts to get angry when he knows that he wasn't doing that. This shows how Will is always begging the doctor to talk about his father, but he knows that it is unlikely to talk about his father. He is never able to get answers, but doesn't give up. He wants to use the doctor to feel close to his father. He only takes the apprenticeship to be able to be around someone who knew father and would be able to give him information.
When Will finally gets Dr. Warthrop to talk about his parents, it gives him closure and satisfaction. After spending so much time together, Will and the doctor have formed a relationship similar to him and his father’s. The doctor explains to him how as he is getting older, he knows that Will can carry on the legacy of being a Monstrumologist . He explains, “Who knows, Will Henry...perhaps this burden you bear will prove a blessing...or that you will live forever to carry on my work..talk about turning burdens into blessings,” (426). Dr. Warthrop is telling Will how instead of worrying and focusing on his father’s death, he should turn it into motivation to carry on the family tradition that would make his father proud. Turning the burden of death and unknowingness into a strive to better himself can bless others with his ability to stop the monsters.
Throughout the book, Will matures and forms a relationship with the doctor that allows him to let go of his anxiety about his father’s death. As soon as his father dies, he feels as though he needs to honor him by taking over his profession and fulfilling his legacy. He wants to do what his father couldn’t so that he could feel as though he was living life to his full potential. By the end of the book, he forms a relationship with Dr. Warthrop that allows him to feel connected to his father and let go of his fears of not making his father proud. He now knows he can live his life with a purpose. Sometimes people need closure in order to feel as though they can honor their deceased loved ones.
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