Monsters "are mythic creatures in the precise LÚvi-Straussian sense: a figures of liminality or in-betweens, monsters, like the structures of myth circumscribing them, are at the same time charged with the insoluble task of resolving real social contrdictions and with the function of inventing symbolic solutions to imaginary contradictions." M. Uebel, "Unthinking the Monster: Twelfth-Century Responses to Saracen Alterity." In, J.J. Cohen, Editor, Monster Theory. Minneapolis, MN., 1996. p.266.