Girls Raised By Wolves Analysis

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In the short story Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell, nuns at St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised by Wolves try to turn a pack of young girls, including Claudette the narrator, whose parents are werewolves, into proper humans who can fit into society. Claudette struggles with balancing her wolf upbringing with the teachings of the nuns, and ends up conforming to the standards and morals of humankind. Her change from being a pack member to a human individual is seen in many places throughout the text. Although it is certain that Claudette grows to be human by STAGE 5, she has to struggle through the difficult and disorienting processes that are required in order to become human. There are several challenges that Claudette surpasses in order to abandon…show more content…
We would snarl at one another for no reason. I remember how disorienting it was to look down and see two square-toed shoes instead of my own four feet. Keep your mouth shut, I repeated during our walking drills, staring straight ahead. Keep your shoes on your feet. Mouth shut, shoes on feet. Do not chew on your new penny loafers. Do not. I stumbled around in a daze, my mouth black with shoe polish. (229, STAGE 2)”. Although Claudette is initially bewildered by human concepts, she is able to achieve things that come naturally to most humans. Claudette says “I had an ear for languages, and I could read before I could adequately wash myself,”. Claudette also realizes that, unlike “the woods, where you had to be your fastest and your strongest and your bravest self, Different sorts of calculations were required to survive at the home. (232, STAGE 3)”. This shows that Claudette is beginning to understand how to survive in human society: by conforming. With this realization, Claudette has taken her first step toward being considered human. Claudette also comes to believe that the actions and culture of wolves and
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