St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves Chapter Summary

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Karen Russell’s short story, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”, is about a pack of wolf-like girls who go to St. Lucy’s to learn how to adapt to a human life. The stages of adapting shows the character 's development and their traits throughout the story. There are many struggles as they adapt to human life, and epigraphs from The Jesuit Handbook on Lycanthropic Culture Shock informs the nuns on what will occur at a certain point in time. Sometimes the epigraphs aren’t entirely accurate. However, Stage Two’s epigraph is quite accurate with its description to Claudette. Claudette is a hard-working, determined girl who is set on becoming adapted to human culture. Unlike Claudette, Mirabella isn’t adapting at all and her personality…show more content…
The Jesuit Handbook on Lycanthropic Culture Shock is a book that the nuns use to predict how the pack may act or feel during a certain point of time. “St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” uses epigraphs from the handbook. An epigraph is a short quote at the beginning of a section or chapter; it is an overall summary of what the student will go through or what they will experience during a certain point in time. Stage Two’s epigraph of “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” believes that the students will find it difficult to adapt, they may feel drawn back to their own culture, and want to revert back to their old traditions (229). The pack might feel out of place, that they don’t belong, exasperated, baffled, lonely, and intolerable (229). When the characters have gotten over the new and exciting environment, it is difficult for them and they will feel trapped. This is a very tense, stressful, pitiful phase as the pack struggle to change their old habits and ways of life. Claudette starts to change overtime and goes through a hard time during this stage. There are many complications and setbacks that make it more strenuous to change, but Claudette endures the conflicts to become a better
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