A Wife’s Story
Ursula K. Le Guin gives a new perspective to the somewhat classic werewolf story. Le Guin put aside the typical view point as one of the wolves. Instead, it’s in a fist person narrative which is very effective. The author changes her voice throughout the story for the reader to see that this is not your average werewolf story. In Le Guin’s story, when looking back, the wife feels as if there was much more that she could have done to see that her husband was a werewolf. There are many hints that indicate that he is a werewolf. She describes his suspicious behavior and she soon discovers that at the dark of the moon he turns back into a human. The werewolf she describes in the story is unlike any other. There is no fur on its body; it’s smooth and white just like a worm. This wolf also has blue eyes with white circles enclosing them. This new werewolf makes Le Guin’s story all the more interesting. Le Guin’s way of telling the story in fist person narrative is very effective to the reader. In the first paragraph the wife says “I don’t believe it happened. I saw it happen but it isn’t true. It can’t be. He was always gentle”. This shows the wife’s emotions after she discovers her husband is a werewolf. She is confused and in a state of denial. Le Guin’s choice of writing in a first person narrative keeps the reader interested and motivated to keep reading.
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