St Lucy's Home For Girls Analysis

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t Lucy’s Home for Girls is a safe haven for werewolf girls to learn how to change into better humans through a curriculum taught by the home’s nuns. Claudette, a student at St Lucy's Home For Girls, follows the nun’s curriculum closely, but sometimes she strays from it. This short story written by Karen Russell follows three werewolf girls as they learn about and adapt to their new way of living as humans, all of them heading in separate directions. In the beginning of Claudette’s journey, everything is new and different. She shortly learns that hard work is crucial to adapt to her new way of life and that from that point onward the stakes will be high. As Claudette progresses forward, she begins to realize she needs to go her own way to succeed. When she finishes her time at St Lucy’s she fulfills her journey.

Claudette’s development in Stage One is what is expected at this point in the nun’s curriculum, where students feel excited and interested in their new environment at this part of their journey. Claudette, “clamped down on her ankle, straining [her jaws] around the woolly XXL sock. Sister Josephine… smelled easy to kill” (Russell 226) explains Claudette’s actons in the beginning of her journey at St. Lucy’s. Claudette
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At this stage the girls should be able to interact effectively with their new environment and should easily be able to move between the two cultures. The girls typically will not remember their old home at this time, “I wore my best dress and brought along some prosciutto and dill pickles in a picnic basket” (Russell 246). This is an effective example of how Claudette has changed at this stage of her development. If she were still the same as was when she first got to the school she would not have gotten dressed up, nor would she have brought the pickles for her family. Both of these actions show she is now more human than
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