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

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St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell is an interesting story about three girls. These girls are born and raised by wolves. They have the behavior of wolves, and no human instinct. They are sent to St. Lucy’s to help “rehabilitate” them. There are three sisters, Mirabella, Claudette, and Jeanette. The story mostly focuses on Claudette, since she is the narrator. The reader(s) read the story from her point of view. Claudette is a rather interesting character. She shows to be improving, but she has old “Lycanthropic” tendencies. Throughout each stage, there are many behaviors she shows that differentiate her from being human and “lycanthropic.” Claudette’s development shows relation through every stage of lycanthropic culture shock. In stage one, Claudette is new to…show more content…
There is one more thing as well. Claudette can read at a 5th grade level in stage two. This is a lot, but she also does many things that negate her development. Claudette claims she is homesick. She would have to have lycanthropic behavior to go back home. Claudette also wanted to run away. She is having trouble pronouncing human names. This effects Claudette’s language skills. Claudette also has to remind herself to stop doing wolf things, like howling or taking her shoes off. She uses the phrase, “Mouth shut shoes on feet.” Every time Claudette has trouble she has to repeat this phrase. Claudette finds humans confusing. She doesn't get normal human behavior. Lastly for stage two, she gets into a fight with Mirabella. In stage three, Claudette has shown even more development since she has started. She starts taking bites of human food. She isn't eating like wolfs, without her hands and just using her mouth to eat everything (dead prey and other meat). Instead, Claudette is eating, “ dainty bites of peas and borsch” (page 244). Wolf don't eat peas, humans do. There are other things that are making Claudette closer to becoming human. She wants to separate herself from

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