The folktale “The Werewolves Daughter” tells the story of a man who is indeed a werewolf and has nine beautiful daughters. As common in the time this story is set in, daughters weren’t deemed very valuable to their fathers, especially when the man was a laborer and had children as a source of help. Therefore, he got the idea to kill them off since they were no use to him. One by one he lured them to a deep pit he had dug in the woods and when their guard was down, he pushed them in and dropped rocks on their heads to finish the job. This ending met all but the youngest and prettiest of his daughters, who outsmarted her father and escaped. This behavior has to make the reader question why this father would bestow this fait on his own daughters. Was the author just trying to create a villainous act to support the werewolf persona? Or was this a testament to the fact that the father was asserting his role as alpha by
proving he was in charge of his daughters lives. If this was the case, that that could explain why he was so angered by the fact his youngest daughter ran of and escaped him that years after, he risked his life by entering the castle and framing her for the murder of her own sons, just to prove he still had control and could finish the job he started, even though he did not ultimately succeed. Then this leads to the question, was he more man or wolf? A man who killed his own children and grandchildren (sort of), or a wolf who had a sense of pride and vengeance? As the stories have grown and introduced new characteristics of the werewolf over the years, franchise to franchise the biggest differences are whether or not the artistic director chooses to make the creature look more like a man or more like a wolf. The choice then will usually set the precedent for whether, when if their werewolf form, they will retain their human
emotions and memories or if an inner animal will take control. This is shown in the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf when the character Tony thought what he did in his wolf form was a dream, and when he was the wolf, his human emotions and memories were turned off. In this story it is never stated whether or not a transformation from human to wolf, or a hybrid of the two, ever occurs. The author mentions a howl and the tearing of clothes with teeth and nails, but the reader is never given an image or the information on whether or not the father remains in the
same physical presence for the entirety of the story.
The second part where a reader could raise question is a section that is almost brushed over and told as an afterthought about the resurrection of the king and queens two children. The Slovakian tail states “a hermit comes to the rescue and restores the babies to life”, but never goes into any more detail. That line alone could have branched to its own chapter. Is it a possibly a play to another supernatural being such as a witch or a kind of vampire? It certainly raises the questions of what exactly occurs when the hermit brings the children back to life, and where did the hermit get the power to do such a thing. In all, this story was entertaining and shows the perspective from the people who created the origin stories of the werewolf. However, it leaves the reader wanting more, a back story and a continuation, but mostly a more detailed explanation of the events taking place.