St Lucy's Home For Girl Raised By Wolf Analysis

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Karen Russell’s “St Lucy’s Home for Girl Raised by Wolves” is a short story about a pack of wolf-girls going through five stages of development. Specifically the character, Claudette. As she develops a human-like identity, it appears that she starts to relate to all five stages, and loses her wolf-like identity as this happens The first stage of lycanthropic culture shock states that the girls will find everything new and exciting. During this stage, Claudette starts out with a wolf-like identity, with some human-like qualities. Her human like qualities consist of eating human food and wearing human clothing, like jumpers. The other qualities are all wolf-like, she would mark her territory in her room “spraying exuberant yellow streams all over the bunks” (pg 237), howling “threw our heads back in a celebratory howl” (pg 238) and have a pack mentality “The pack used …show more content…
Separating herself from Mirabella, being able to ride a bike, and developing human habits, show how Claudette has improved as a human. Then, on the other hand, there are her wolf-like qualities, such as getting nervous when meeting new people and feeling anger towards hearing about the dance. Stage 4 states that the girls should start feeling comfortable in new environments, and has grown self-confidence. By this point in the story, Claudette barely has any wolf-like qualities left in her, such as limited speech and wolf-like behavior. Her human-like qualities consist of worrying, refusing help from Mirabella, packing a lunch with a note in it for Mirabella, looking human, and masking her scent. The fifth and final stage is when the girls can easily go between both cultures. By the end of the story, Claudette is human. She doesn’t even act like a wolf anymore, with the exception of showing sorrow the closer she got to her cave.Starting out with pack mentality and ends up with individuality, Claudette has gone from wolf to

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