Werewolves, like vampires, have often been connected with hyper-sexuality and indulging in uncontrollable, primal urges. In the stories Little Red Cap (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm), Little Red Riding Hood (Charles Perrault) and The Grandmother (Paul Delarue) these sorts of themes continuously resurface. Not only do the werewolves serve as an allegory for these dark urges, but they also serve as a warning to young women of the dangers of fraternizing with strange and unfamiliar men.

It has been noted that the author Charles Perrault (The Little Red Riding Hood) pulled inspiration for his story from the Werewolf Trials, in which people were accused and tried for transforming and committing murders while in wolf form (these trials also doubled as a witch hunt during this time period). In Perrault's story, a young, innocent and attractive maiden encounters a wolf on the way to her Grandmothers house. The wolf questions her as to where she is headed and eventually makes his way there as well. In the end, the young girl undresses, crawls into bed with the wolf and is eaten. In the story The Grandmother, written by Paul Delarue, a similar encounters takes place. Only in this version of the tale the young maiden is made to perform cannibalism, where she eats her murdered Grandmothers flesh and drinks her blood. She is then instructed by the werewolf to undress entirely and join him in bed. The girl manages to escape, but the themes in both stories very much parallel each other. An ill intentioned stranger (the wolf, in both cases) takes advantage of a young girls innocence, shows up to her destination to commit both rape and murder. A graphic use of storytelling in an attempt at steering young women away from unfamiliar and potentially dangerous men.

In all 3 of these stories, examples of men (represented by a the antagonist werewolf) indulging and giving in to their primal and animalistic urges are shown. The werewolf appears to be used as a scapegoat in some situations. For example, Peeter Stubbe, a man that committed multiple murders of children, pregnant women and livestock. The werewolf was used a scape for the mans heinous and disgusting crimes. Stubbe was also said to have committed (in addition to murder), rape, incest and cannibalism. It was said he committed these crimes only while he was in wolf form, which certainly would have made it easier for the public to justify what this man had done. In the majority of stories written about werewolves, they seem to represent mans primal and animalistic urges, in addition to serving as a tool that writers have used in order to convey a safety message to young women of that time period.


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