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Monstersare an important aspect in the life of human beings not only found inAmerica but also around the world. It is apparent that the satanicfears and panics have led to the creation of monsters who peoplebelieve are influence by the devil himself. The fears escalate andtrigger the imagination of man making him develop creatures such asvampires, werewolves, banshees, bigfoot, as well as, believing inUFOs (Unidentified Foreign Objects) abductions. Even though the humanrace has developed narrations around this creatures, they do not havesolid evidence on their existence even to date. Despite this, people,especially in America have allowed these creatures to be part oftheir culture giving them a place in the society today. In thispapers, I will investigate bigfoot and determine the Americanfascination with this creature and its influence on their lifestyles.I will also identify bigfoot’s qualities and how they reflectcertain truths about man.

Backgroundof Bigfoot

Accordingto Bynum(352),bigfoot represents a big and secretive humanoid creature that live inforested and wild locations where man has not had the luxury toexplore yet. The belief in this animal is a complicated phenomenonthat has many controversies. Many persons who are certain of theexistence of bigfoot, or declare that they have had an encounter withone, claim these creatures are bipedal and hairy with featuressimilar to an ape. They claim that bigfoot is between seven and ninefeet in heights and distinctly leaves large human-like footprintsbehind (Fitch,30).In general, bigfoot is said to be a nonaggressive and elusive animalwith high levels of humanlike intellect and shyness. Due to itselusive nature, the creature is rarely visible to the public becauseit is purported to be nocturnal. However, some nature travellingindividuals assert that they have heard bigfoot’s whistles andscreams and even smelled their odour. Despite the support given tothe existence of bigfoot, many people do not believe in itsexistence, especially because no solid evidence exists due to thelack of its capture throughout time (Fitch,30).Moreover, no one has ever come across the creature’s remains. Thesebigfoot pessimists claim that it is not possible for bigfoot toremain cleverly hidden among a consistently increasing population andlink the many sightings to hoaxes.

Originof Bigfoot

Thebigfoot mythology mainly draws from certain Native stories about wildme and ogres. Nevertheless, the narrative’s location and periodfoundation may have originated from John W. Burns, in the 1920s afterhe collected authentic eyewitness accounts associated with bigfoot,Sasquatch, or Yeti (Fitch,34).these first and pure accounts became as significant to historiansinterested in the tales of bigfoot as they were tricky to thoseasserting the creature’s existence. It is apparent that everycontemporary bigfoot legend stemmed from this region and spreadthroughout and beyond Northern America (Daegling,4). As time went by, the narrations continued to mutate, change, andoverlap with the subsequent hoaxes, accounts, and widespread fiction.Consequently, people became divided in their belief of the existenceof bigfoot and every party tries to justify their perspective.

InAmerica, bigfoot became a sensation after a contractor, Ray Wallace,in the year 1958 found humanlike sixteen inch footprints on the mudand dirt around the construction site he was working on situated inthe deep mountains found in Northern America (Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero, 19).due to the site’s distance from civilization and the enormousfootprints, this discovery gained immediate media attention.Furthermore, tribes and researchers inhabiting the Himalayas have forthe longest time reported the finding of large footprints left onsnow, which associated with a large hairy creature with both ape andhuman like characteristics (Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero, 19).these people gave it the name Yeti. After Wallace discovered thissimilar creature in the North of California, it appeared to besimilar to the Himalayas reports, starting the unearthing of numerousfootprint. It also stirred the emergence of rumours concerningape-like animals located in the forest, as well as, hoax storiesrelated to the same. After the death of Wallace, his family revealedthat his bigfoot theory was a lie since he fabricated the wholestory. In agreement with Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero (20),this captured the attention of interested anthropologists andscientists who confirmed the lies that Wallace began.

AmericanFascination with Bigfoot and Other Monsters

Thescientists were not convinced about the existence of bigfootbanishing them form nature but it did not end the interest inmonsters. Throughout the continents not excluding the united statesof America, fascination with monsters has persisted from the 19thcentury to date (McLeod,6). The appeal of these creatures may partly be attributed to theconclusive opinion among anthropologists and scientists concerningthe non-existence of such monsters. Owing to man’s naturalcuriosity, these formal condemnations made these creatures appearwonderful, uncanny, and rare.

Thepeople of America became even more fascinated by bigfoot after thescientists claimed that all the earlier findings were invented makingthem want to hunt the animal and prove these professionals wrong.Most ventured into numerous aspects that revolved around bigfootentrenching the legend into the American culture. Bigfootsinvolvement with the American culture occurred after the media madeit a central focus in the national level elevating it from a mysteryfound in the local location to an icon, which people identified with.Whatever reason the American people attach to their fascination withbigfoot, its cultural product signifies a form of calamity in thiscountry’s culture (McLeod,6).The bigfoot phenomenon has become a shared cultural structure, whichsymbolized both reaction and emotion. Symbolically, the theorycommunicated belief, importance, and value since it has the abilityto suggest a broad range of ideas and attitudes. Bigfoot exemplifiesthe Western American symbol, as it has the capacity to stand for thenotion related to intruding and interrupting unknown land. Bigfoothas become a substance American longing because its existence linkshumans to some form of natural relative who lives in isolationwithout demanding anything and only stalks the deep mountain forestsfound in Canada and the Pacific Northwest (McLeod,7).

Bigfoot’sInfluence on the American Lifestyle

Bigfoothas unconsciously become part of the American people after thesighting events happened in the nation. The phenomenon has become asubject in the American pop culture finding its way in movies,television shoes, symposiums, cartoons, and even doctoral theses(Bynum,353).In cartoons, Bigfoot’s presence enables the children to identifywith the creature in an early age and understand that it may beliving in the nearby forests. Also these cartoon may adopt hostsdressed like bigfoot entrenching this idea into the children’sminds. Additionally, many movies have come up with the bigfoot themeacross time making the creature a source of entertainment. Since thecreature has never been captured, American movie producer aim tocreate scenarios where they may successfully capture and even studythe animal. Furthermore, America as created an annual festive day inhonour of bigfoot, which holiday mainly occurs in Willow Creek,California during the weekend of Labour Day (Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero, 21). California has attracted the name Daze that signifies thecommercialization of the iconic mythical monster making it andbigfoot a part of America’s new economy. According to Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero (21),these representations are now advertising emblems for the localservice centres found in the region. These services adopted thenames, Bigfoot Golf and Country Club, Bigfoot Burgers, Bigfoot curioshop, and Bigfoot Lumber and Hardware (Loxton,Prothero &amp Prothero, 21).the sensation has also become a wide tourist attraction in theCalifornia with people coming to see the sculptures of bigfoot andothers to investigate further on its existence. Moreover, the storiesof the sightings of bigfoot in the media still continue to persistevery few years (Buhs,41).The American nation cannot breakout of their fascination with themonster. It haunts the forests but with no intention of human harmhowever, it still waits in the shadows and provides America with areason to continue its such and take advantage of the benefits itbrings to the economy.

BigfootQualities that Identify with Humans

Whenresearching on matters bigfoot, one comes across certain qualitiesthat the creature has, which somehow represent traits that humanspossess today. Since no one has ever found the houses of bigfoot, itis apparent that they typically use temporary shelters that arecovered with the surrounding available vegetation for cushioning(Daegling,20).They rarely use natural or cave shelters and pad their resting groundwith moss, ferns, soft evergreen branches, moss, and leaves. Due tothe inability of man to find their resting grounds because if theirshyness and secrecy, it is a consistent habit with men who do notwant to be found by either their relative, friends, or even thepolice. When one is hiding from such people, they tend not to lurk inthe shadows and have temporary resting grounds with no solidhousehold materials. Therefore, it is possible to say that the secretbehavior of bigfoot is also shared by man to some capacity.

Ingeneral, bigfoot progresses in silence. They only communicate throughsounds of repetitive patterns produced through knocking thickbranches or rocks against dead trees or other rocks (Bader,Mencken &amp Baker, 17). due to their nocturnal nature, they depend widely on vocalizationand can make complex sound collections like whistling, moans,chilling screams, grunts, howls, low roars, and deep growls. On rareoccasions, they generate initiative and melodic sounds or complicatedsounds that indicate primitive language. The loud disturbing screamshave a near human characteristic even though they are unusually loud,powerful, and constant and is said to be consisted with the realhuman sounds of crying, laughing, and giggling. Therefore, it can besaid that bigfoot has found a way to communicate his emotions likethe humans since they have distinct sounds to respond to differentevents. Such characteristics show a close relation between thecreature and humans since communication is a critical tool in livingharmoniously in any habitat.

Despitethe scarce sightings associated with groups of bigfoot, they seem toadopt a strong social cohesion compared to the assumptions made byman. They sometimes move in groups suggesting their incorporation ofan extended family. Mostly, the young usually play with the otheryoung ones or around adults. They are typically allowed to haveadventures and explore their environment. On the other hand, theadults are aware of the presence of their young ones and indulge themto a great extent. Additionally, the adult bigfoots spend timegrooming themselves and one another or indulge in wrestling as anactivity (Bader,Mencken &amp Baker, 102).furthermore, more male sightings happen compared to females making itseem that they may ne surveying their lands for new habitats, mates,and food resources. Such habits are very relevant in man’s livingstructure. Normally, humans often live in a family unit. In case of atransfer because of a job or the migration of one family member, thewhole family tends to follow to allow close relations within thefamily unit. Additionally, humans look after their infants andinteract with them at all levels. They tend to allow their childrento play with others to ensure that they grow both in body and mind.Also, it is very natural for the males to be the breadwinners of afamily making them look for jobs to provide food for their families.When reviewing the qualities of both man and bigfoot, it is true thatthey are similar in a very large extent. Socially, they both valuefamily and would go to great heights to make sure that their familiesare well feed and protected. They also tend to be the ones ventureout of the family unit in search for resources making them thedominant species in the outside scene.

Bigfoot’simmediate response to people is withdrawal without any threateningbehavior. They normally appear relaxed in the presence of childrenand women but avoid any encounter with men in any setting probablydue to the male body language. In short, bigfoot is unaggressive andif shot at, their reaction is to retreat rather than defendthemselves. In agreement with Bynum(354),there has been no documentation over the past century reporting thedeliberate harm of man by bigfoot. In some ways, this reactions ofthe bigfoot correspond to man’s view that the female species andchildren pose little threat to men when compared to the mencounterparts. Many men stay away from other men to avoid and troubleassociated with aggressiveness.

Subsequently,bigfoot has minimal human traits but rare accounts have come upindicating that they utilize sticks in an aim to kill mammals andbirds, or dig grounds in such of food (Bader,Mencken &amp Baker, 104).One report claimed that these creatures fashioned straws from deadweed stalks and used them to drink from a metal tub (Bynum,355).When analyzing this, it is possible that bigfoot is observant of theman-made apparatuses like cameras taking care not to get exposed.Looking at man, they always use tools in almost every activity thatthey have to do. These activities range from simple things likeeating with spoons, to building structures with cranes. Bigfootqualities of employing tools is evident even in man today making themcomparable.

Asidefrom death by injury highways or being shot, bigfoot most likely diefrom infections, dental disorders, exposures to rigors elements, andparasitic infestations. As noted by Bynum(356),the absence of the bigfoot corpses is assumed especially because oftheir preferred mountainous habitats, which is like the absence ofbear corpses when they die due to natural reasons. Bader,Mencken &amp Baker (106)point out that some suggestions exist claiming that bigfoot attend totheir dead and is supported by the unearthing of the creature’sbody by researchers today. These qualities of the creature aresimilar to man since he has many causes of death ranging fromaccidents to diseases and homicides. Additionally, it is very typicalfor humans to attend to their death in form of burials or wakes andlater cremations. With this, it is notable that bigfoot has manyqualities that are similar to today’s man. Whether, these traitsare a fabric of man’s imagination, they still impact not only theAmerican society but also societies across the world.


Themystery of bigfoot carries many controversies with scientificprofessionals denying its existence while other people are determinedto prove the contrary. Multiple sightings have been recorded on thecreature however, no real proof of the creatures has been foundapart from its footprints and hairs among others. The creature hasbecome a popular sensation in America even turning into a culturalsymbol for the Pacific Northwest communities. It still remainsrelevant in today’s America and has humanlike qualities thatinclude keeping a family unit, care of infants, communication, theuse of tools, and varied dying causes. In America and globally, themonster mythology will continue to prevail and shape the society formany years to come.


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