St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves Analysis

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In the short story, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”, by Karen Russell the character Claudette struggles to follow the expectations from the Jesuit Handbook on Lycanthropic Culture Shock but she uses tancity to overcome her mistakes. Claudette is a confused girl trying to determine her purpose in life as she is taken from her home with her sisters and is forced to become civilized. Pressure from the nuns and her sisters causes Claudette to meet her goal, however, that same pressure also causes her to fail some the expectations from the handbook. As Claudette moves through each stage Russell provides the reader clues to understanding that Claudette is the type of person that seems normal and fine on the outside, but on the inside is struggling to understand who they really are. Claudette is the in between student who struggles with some points, but in the end understands the concept possible even more than the all around perfect, straight A’s student. The nuns expectations from the handbook for Claudette in Stage One was that she and the rest of the pack would be excited and interested as they explored their new surroundings. Claudette follows these expectations closely. In the beginning Claudette was “all hair and snarl and floor-thumping joy” (225) to be at St. Lucy’s. The nuns understood from the handbook that the pack would be wild and excited in their new environment and that is what Claudette did. As Claudette was introduced to the pure breed human’s
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