It was the only remark he had made during the drive, but as Van Cheele had talked incessantly his companion's silence had not been noticeable.
As we played on the swing set, a group of young boys, about our age, came to play in the park. For some reason they took umbrage at our presence and proceeded to kick and punch the two of us. After they started to bombard us with stones, I decided we should leave.
The moment we stepped outside the perimeter of the playground we were safe, apparently no longer in their territory. A more perfect example of pack mentality in children would be hard to find.
The following year,Jamie Bulger was stoned to death by two children who were the same age as our tormentors. The media obsessed over the case asking the same question over and over again: How could innocent children be killers? The final verdict, regardless of what the courts said, was that one of the attackers had been almost feral due to an unhappy upbringing and exerted a power over the other perpetrator.
The figure of the innocent child no longer seemed an absolute following this crime. Morality and the Feral Child Perhaps what scares us then is not that children can become immoral but that they are amoral. The cruelty of the children in the playground is not a reflection of a corrupt adult world but an a priori state.
It is the influence of society that takes children from amorality to humanity.
The phenomenon of feral children has been of considerable interest to early philosophers, linguists, sociologists and psychologists. They seemingly offer insight into the nature versus nurture argument and the stories that surround their existence become dark myths of humanity lost.
In literature this can be seen in a number of horror texts. Without the strictures of adult control, the characters return to a feral state. Born out of the horror of two world wars, the pessimistic presentation of the fragility of human morality is perhaps inevitable.
In both novels, there is a disturbing portrayal of child-on-child violence. The tale opens with the eerie line: Saki draws a parallel between werewolves as creatures who are not what they seem and the misbegotten belief that children are innocent.
The ironic ending to the story and the humorous tone of the narration only make this simple tale more unsettling. It is clear to both the reader, and at least one of the characters, that Gabriel-Ernest is unashamed of his desire to eat flesh and openly admits to killing at least one child.
He first appears naked sunbathing by a wood-bound pool and Saki brings an unnervingly sexual quality to the young werewolf portrayed through his lack of inhibition. He lives in the wild and seems entirely at ease with living outside of human society.
The character Van Cheele, who owns the woods, is both disturbed and attracted to this feral teenager. He is, however, aware of the danger that Gabriel-Ernest poses.
The disconnect between appearance and reality in regards to the sanctity of childhood and the use of cannibalism to highlight this add to the sense of the uncanny in this story.
It will certainly make you question the quality of innocence that children possess.You would have to define "werewolf", and exactly what characteristics it has. Rabies is a disease. You get it from the bite of an animal. In the advanced stages, the victim has many symptoms, including insomnia (so they are awake at night), delirium, and violent and impulsive behavior- even animal-like behavior.
A InQuest magazine article on the history of werewolves in legend, fiction, movies, and games. Something that Cunningham fails to do and as such Van Cheele immediately thinks about sending a telegram to his aunt telling her that Gabriel-Ernest is a werewolf.
Though he does think better of this as he knows it might frighten his aunt. Existence of Werewolves (caninariojana.comzoology) submitted 2 years ago by cgan.
Hi everyone! I have been reading about the supernatural recently and have come across articles relating to werewolves. The main idea appears throughout almost all world cultures, but some describe werewolves as shapeshifting, while in some places like .
“Gabriel-Ernest is a werewolf” was a hopelessly inadequate effort at conveying the situation, and his aunt would think it was a code message to which he had omitted to give her the key. His one hope was that he might reach home before sundown.
The Werewolf by Montague Summers, which is more of a pseudo-academic, faux-religious exercise in live-action role playing from the swinging 30s (Summers, unlike Baring-Gould, professed to believe in the existence of werewolves, witches, etc).