St. Lucy Home For Girls Raised By Wolves Analysis

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Trying to adapt to a new culture can be troubling, stressful, and a lot of other things. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell is a story about a pack of girls that are sent to St. Lucy’s to rehabilitate and to eradicate their wolf identity. Claudette is the main character of the story and the story and the narrator. The story talks about how Claudette, along with other members of the pack, develops their human characteristics. The story also talks about how Claudette’s wolf instincts cloud her judgement on developing into a human, and how the lycanthropic culture shock has a mental effect on her
In Stage 1 along with all the other girls, Claudette was new to the school so she still had a wolf identity. “They had terrible posture” (Russell, 237), they were still walking on all their four limbs; they started walking in Stage 2. The pack “jumped from bunk to bunk, spraying” (Russell 237). No normal person with a san mind would urinate while they are jumping from bunk to bunk, unless you are like a crazy year old. “Claudette clamped down on Sister Josephine’s ankle and said that she smelled like freckles and sweat,” (Russell 237). Implying that she already tasted freckles and sweat before. Claudette receives her name in Stage 1 this event may be the most important in the whole story.
In the Second Stage
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“They would ride bicycles uphill,” (Russell 246). One of the nuns said that “riding bicycles was just like being a human, ones you learn how to you will never forget to,” (Russell 246). That statement had a lot of effect on the rest of the story. Claudette also learned how to read, Jeanette and her were the only ones that could read. “But none of the pack could read besides Claudette and Jeanette,” (Russell 246). Jeanette started to lose her wolf memory. Claudette felt uncomfortable meeting new people, she thought that there are “so many thing that could go wrong,” (Russell

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