The Role Of Werewolves In European-American Culture

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Through the creation of werewolves, humans exhibit their attitudes and feelings regarding wolves and the function they serve in society. The werewolf is a composite creature notorious for its ability to transform from a human to wolf and featuring both human and animal characteristics.The portrayal of the werewolf in the European-American culture symbolizes the need for a clear division between humankind and the animal kingdom by using werewolves to represent the vicious and primitive side of humans.
Throughout the European and American culture, wolves have been antagonized and publicized as evil and vicious animals. Wolves are viewed as evil predators and are usually used to reference negative human behaviors. Such as rudely “wolfing” down food or “wolf whistling”, which references the way a man whistles at a woman in a derogatory manner. This perception of wolves may have widely encouraged the creation of the werewolf, a murdering, and torturing composite creature. That embodies the impulsive and unreasoning side of an animal and the violent and dangerous side of humans.
As the European culture and civilization began evolving werewolves were a clear way to express the fear of blurred lines between the human species and the animal kingdom. Werewolves and wolves were
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In the creation of the werewolf, an important characteristic of werewolves is that it represents both humans and animals. The idea behind werewolves expresses what humans feel regarding impulsive and violent qualities humans are capable of. It also addresses the violence and urge of destruction in humans.By antagonizing wolves we create boundary between humans and animals, humans separate the negative qualities found in humans and attributes them to a more primitive version of humans. The werewolf is a way for the people in contemporary society to establish the “animal” within a

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