In the 1994 film Wolf directed by Mike Nichols, Will is on his way back home from a business trip he hits a wolf in the middle of the road, as he steps out of his car to see if the wolf is ok it suddenly bites his hand and runs off into the woods. Will Randal an aging publisher who is physically and mentally exhausted loses his position to rookie co-worker Stewart Swinton. Stewart was not only able to take Will’s position at the Publishing House but was also took his wife from right under his nose. However after being bitten by the wolf, Will suddenly becomes full of energy, strength, and more competitive than ever. With the determination he acquired he finds himself fighting to regain his position and at the same time also finds himself falling in love with his boss’s daughter Laura Alden. There seemed to be only positive vibes coming from the wolf bite however in the dark night Will finds himself slowly turning into the beast itself who he was bitten by. In Cohen’s third monster thesis he states “ The monster notoriously appears at times of crisis as a kind of third term that problematizes the clash of extremes” (Cohen 14) which is exactly what is taking place in the film. After the entire crisis that Will has gone through at work and at home with his wife, he himself begins to turn into a monster that is half human and half beast, a dangerous hybrid that blurs the lines between man and beast.
In one of the first scenes of the film, Will Randal finds out he has lost his job at a party his boss Raymond Alden was hosting, and the next day he finds out his wife is having an affair with the very man who took his job Stewart Swinton. This is when we see Cohen’s third monster thesis come into affect, as Will’s time of crisis immerges a monster appears, this time the monster being himself. After the wolf bite Will began to see changes in himself like his vision goes from poor to great, and most importantly he gains the will to do things he would have never...
Cited: Gillam, Kenneth, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. "Monster Culture (Seven Thesis)." Monsters. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2012. 11-34. Print.
Wolf. Dir. Jack Nicholson. Perf. Will Randell, Laura Alden, Stewart Swinton. Columbia Tristar Home Video, 1994. Film.
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