St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves Analysis

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In “St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” Karen Russell, the author, shows the difficulties of changing cultures, languages, beliefs as well as character. The girls must change from their wolf selves to polite human girls. Claudette, who is the middle of the pack throughout the story, developed a significant amount since the beginning of the story. She is constantly adapting and learning new rules about being human. Claudette doesn’t change to being completely human but she can manage to get by perfectly fine in a human society. In stage one “everything is new, exciting, and interesting” (Russell, 237) for the girls. The girls get the chance to experience new foods, places as well as new people. Their change begins when “The deacon handed out some stale cupcakes” (Russell, 237) and they get to enjoy their first human food. The girls also wear jumpers as if they were humans wearing clothes. Although she begins to change, she still refers to the girls and herself as “our pack” showing that she’s still in the wolf and pack mentality.…show more content…
Claudette begins 2 wear square toed shoes and walks on 2 legs instead of four. At first she was uncomfortable and disoriented but eventually she got used to it. They continuously try to make their scent stick, “We couldn’t make our scent stick here; it made us feel invisible” (Russell, 240) when finally they realized there was no possible way to mark their territory, they just gave up on it, another step towards human development. By the end of stage 2 Claudette had progressed so much, she was reading at a 5th grade level. AT this point Claudette still misses her wolf life, although she may not show it much she still “had never wanted to run away so badly” (Russell, 240) the only problem with that was there was no one to walk back

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