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The Werewolf and the Vampire by R. Chetwynd-Hayes is the story of a young boy, George, who is unknowingly turned into a werewolf. George finally learns of his new abilities after meeting a female vampire, Carola, and her family. This story, like many other vampire and werewolf stories is one that deals with “othering” and outcast because of how the vampires and werewolves are treated by other townspeople. “Other,” and “othering” as defined by dictionary.com refers to something “different in nature or kind” and “to perceive a group or member as different, foreign, strange, etc.” respectively. The first example of othering happens during the scene where George visits Carola’s house and meets her parents. Carola’s mother and father are both hesitant until they learn he is not a regular person, “George watched the elder woman’s expression change to one of incredulity and dawning pleasure,” (Chetwynd-Hayes). Their guarded reactions to a new comer indicate that they are used to enforcing an idea of othering. Othering has probably worked well in distancing themselves from people who would do harm unto vampires. Since George is a werewolf, Carola and her family can pick up on his werewolf scent. They then treat him differently from the start by having certain expectations of him, asking him what seem like odd questions, and acting in normal vampire fashion. For example, when George first meets Carola, he makes jokes about the sun that immediately upset her, or when George is at dinner with the vampires and he is scolded for asking if they “ever eat anything.”

Another example of othering in the story comes later when Reverend Cole starts his pursuit of banishing Carola, George, and their baby. Reverend Cole outcasts the monsters during one of his sermons at church, and by doing so others himself from some people of the church who think he has gone insane. Carola and George are outcast by Cole because of their differences and repulsion to the bible, and are persecuted for it with the help of Willie Mitcham. Both Willie and Reverend Cole end up othering themselves in the process of their monster hunt as they are both placed into new and supervised homes after the death of the werewolf and the vampire.

Works Cited

Chetwynd-Hayes, R. R. Chetwynd-Hayes, "The Werewolf and the Vampire." (English Literature). Tucson: D2L University of Arizona, 1 May 2017. PDF.

"Other." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 03 May 2017.

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