The Old Ones and Our Old Ways.

The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.

One thing I find most interesting (and creepy) about H.P Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, is the story within the story. The high priest, Cthulhu is said to be the one who’d rise up from the land of R’lyeh and rule the universe once more. Cthulhu and the tale of the Old Ones are interlocked. Though no one can really confirm what the Old Ones looked like, the cult believes that they are real and Cthulhu is the closest connection they have to the great powers. The tale of the Old Ones scare me. Just by the description above, I am fearful of their great power and malicious motives. The Old Ones as I interpret, are evil, relentless forces that seek to cause havoc all around the universe. They rule with brute force with no guidelines whatsoever. If the Old Ones really did exist and we’d live under their rule, we will definitely have a world full of chaos.

Lovecraft uses history to create fear because it points to the unknown. We can keep tracing back to our ancestors, old documents, and even memory, yet still find that there is a gap. History books can only talk about what we remember to have happened. However, what about everything that precedes us? Lovecraft takes this idea and shows readers that we don’t really have the answers to everything.

We are imperfect in telling our stories and proved in historical context, that evil can lurk the society we live in. Our history is not full of positive change. There were real horrors that people faced: wars, slavery, totalitarianism/dictatorship, etc. Lovecraft uses the story of the Old Ones to allude to that. We are not only oblivious to the past, but proved to make mistakes in how we run things. If we allow for the Old Ones to resurrect and walk the world we live in, we would be making a huge mistake once more. Nothing is scarier than going back to the past and reliving the horrors we so wish to erase from our history books. But it’s even scarier that we would be the key that opens that door.


One thought on “The Old Ones and Our Old Ways.

  1. Hey Clarissa,

    I liked how you noted that there is only so much documentation and knowledge humans can obtain about their past. It’s true that Lovecraft wields the past/history to instill fear into his readers by providing this idea of the “unknown.” Naturally humans seek to know and be in control of everything they can get their hands on, so I definitely agree with you in not wanting to be around for when the Old Ones would appear!

    – Ash


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