Werewolf Genre

The process of transmogrification is portrayed in many films and works of literature to be painful. The resulting wolf is typically cunning but merciless, and prone to killing and eating people without compunction regardless of the moral character of the person when human. The form a werewolf takes is not always an ordinary wolf, but is often anthropomorphic or may be otherwise larger and more powerful than an ordinary wolf. Many modern werewolves are also supposedly immune to damage caused by ordinary weapons, being vulnerable only to silver objects (usually a bullet or blade). This negative reaction to silver is sometimes so strong that the mere touch of the metal on a werewolf's skin will cause burns. Current-day werewolf fiction almost exclusively involves lycanthropy being either a hereditary condition or being transmitted like a disease by the bite of another werewolf. More recently, the portrayal of werewolves has taken an even more sympathetic turn in some circles. With the rise of environmentalism and other back-to-nature ideals, the werewolf has come to be seen by some authors as a representation of humanity allied more closely with nature. Some recent fiction also discards the idea that the wolf form overtakes the human mind, and instead postulates that the wolf form can be "used" at will, with the lycanthrope retaining their human thought processes and intelligence. This is (in some circles) called bimorphic. As a side note, the general belief that silver can be used to defend yourself against a werewolf comes from the story The Beast of Gévaudan from 1764 to 1767. A magician named Jean Chastel blessed a silver bullet and seriously wounded the werewolf. Even though it did not die it had been shown that silver had become a powerful tool to aid the humans. Note that an alternative explanation for the "silver" weakness is that it has been a mistranslation of "silvered metal" which actually refers to quicksilver (mercury), an injection of which was thought to be fatal to werewolves (and, of course, to other living beings). However, because silver and wolves (i.e. nocturnal creatures) are both associated with the moon, the silver interpretation is likely to endure. (Source: Wikipedia.org).


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