The short story “The Damnable Life and Death of Stubbe Peeter” is a tale of a sinister and murderous werewolf. Our antagonist Stubbe Peeter was not in fact born a werewolf, but was gifted the the ability to change from man to beast by none other than the Devil himself. Ever since Stubbe was but twelve years old he was drawn to the “damnable desire of magic, necromancy, and sorcery, acquainting himself with many infernal spirits and fiends, insomuch that forgetting the God that made him, and that Savior that shed his blood for mans redemption: In the end careless of salvation gave both soul and body to the Devil for ever, for small carnal pleasure in this life, that he might be famous and spoken of on earth, though he lost heaven thereby”.
Throughout the story there is constant mention of Stubbe turning his back on God and following his own ideas. A common theme is that you should follow the status quo and stay in your place and that if you venture out on your own you will be lead down a path of sin, despair, and eternal damnation. Jeffrey Cohen, the author of “Monster culture: Seven Theses” elaborates on Othering by giving an example of how “In the United States, Native Americans were presented as irredeemable savages so that the powerful political machine of Manifest Destiny could push westward with disregard.” Othering is still popular in today’s society and one current example is Islamophobia. In the online article “The Othering of Muslim Americans” by Dr.Susan Brooks Thistsltwaite exaplains it “othering in the sense that I am using the term here, is deliberately creating the idea of an alien other to reinforce difference and promote social and political dominance over the one deemed other or alien.”
Many movies of today involve “selling ones soul to the devil”. One example is the film “Bedazzled” in which Brendan Fraser plays the role of Elliot Richards. In the film Elliot sells his soul so that he can get the girl of his dreams. In the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring George Clooney, Tommy Johnson a member of his band is said to have “sold his soul in exchange for being able to play the guitar”.
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Monster theory: Reading culture. Minnesota: U of Minnesota Press, 1997. Print.
Peeter, Stubbe. A true discourse declaring the damnable life and death of one Stubbe Peeter, a sorcerer. London: Venge, 1590. Print.