Transcript of Werewolves
A Timeline of Werewolves By: Dani Richardson Introduction Definition of a Werewolf Werewolves According to Text Werewolves According to Art Werewolves According to Film I chose to create a presentation over werewolves. My choice of werewolves is because of my love of the movie and book series "Twilight". The purpose of this presentation is to show the variations of werewolves throughout time and how they have evolved. Werewolves have been described throughout art, books, and films. Scholars have their own opinions and ideas of what a werewolf is. The variations of werewolves are in relation to the culture, time, and countries of which the stories were developed. The Oxford English Dictionary gives a noun definition of what a werewolf is described as. As a noun, the definition of a werewolf reads: “a person who changes for periods of time into a wolf, typically when there is a full moon. ” (“Werewolf, n.”). According to the "Twilight" series, in the book "New Moon", werewolves are described as enormous, jet black, as tall as a horse, but thicker and much more muscular, with dagger-like incisors, and a grisly snarl like a prolonged crack of thunder. Their wolf form is even mistaken for a "bear". These werewolves reach great speed and even in human form they are much faster and have greater endurance than all normal humans. These werewolves are described as having super strength, even in their human form. The normal body temperature of these wolves is 108 degrees Fahrenheit. They are able to see, hear, and smell things from a great distance away. According to the graphic novel by Jeff Zornow, "Werewolf", a werewolf is described as being a ginormous, wolf-shaped creature. It is black, hairy, and stands upright like a human. The werewolf looks as if it is always angry and looks very evil. The werewolf from this graphic novel has all the characteristics of a monster. It is large, ugly, and is a frigthening imaginary creature. It looks as if it has super strength, giving it superhuman powers, and it is in an animal form. According to the movie "Twilight" series, werewolves are described as being shape-shifters. They are always warm, having a high body temperature. These werewolves look exactly like regular wolves, but are as big as a bear. The werewolves in the movie only kill vampires, and are there to protect the humans and the rest of their tribe. They have super strength and can smell things from miles away. Variations of Werewolves by Culture Werewolves in European tradition were mostly evil men who terrorized people in the form of wolves on command of the Devil, though there were rare narratives of people being transformed involuntarily. The werewolves were known to exterminate all kinds of farm animals, especially sheep. The transformation usually occurred in the Winter solstice, Easter and full moon. European Culture Common Turkic folklore holds a different, reverential light to the werewolf legends in that Turkic Central Asian shamans after performing long and arduous rites would voluntarily be able to transform into the humanoid "Kurtadam". Kurtadam literally means wolfman. Since the wolf was the totemic ancestor animal of the Turkic peoples, they would be respectful of any shaman who was in such a form. Asian Culture During the Norse colonization of the Americas, it is thought by Woodward that the Vikings brought with them their beliefs in werewolves, which would manifest themselves in the folklore of some Native American tribes. The Naskapis believed that the caribou afterlife is guarded by giant wolves which kill careless hunters venturing too near. The Navajo people feared witches in wolf's clothing called "Mai-cob". When the European colonization of the Americas occurred, the pioneers brought their own werewolf folklore with them and were later influenced by the lore of their neighbouring colonies and those of the Natives. American Culture Evolution of Werewolves Over Time How Are These Werewolves Considered Monsters? How Werewolves Are Described by Different Countries "Discover the Story of EnglishMore than 600,000 Words, over a Thousand Years." Home : Oxford English Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Oct. 2012. <http://www.oed.com/>.Full transcript
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Zornow, Jeff. Werewolf. Edina, MN: Magic Wagon, 2008. Print. Works Cited With the description of the werewolves from this text, it is clear that werewolves are considered a monster. The monster characteristics that are described are; large, frightening, having animal form, having superhuman characteristics, and the fact that they do kill vampires. What Makes These Werewolves Monsters? How Are These Werewolves Monsters? The werewolves described in this film have monster characteristics. They are enormous creatures with animal form. They have superhuman powers, are frightening, and do go out and murder vampires.