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What is the conflict of Jane Yolen's novel Children of the Wolf?

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Posted November 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM via web

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What is the conflict of Jane Yolen's novel Children of the Wolf?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM (Answer #1)

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The main conflict in Children of the Wolf is Man versus Society. The feral children have no understanding of human society, but only of animalistic instinct; they cannot focus on the propriety of behavior and manner, but only on their own comfort and survival. Slowly, over the course of the novel, Society exerts its will on the feral children as individuals, and Kamala becomes more acclimated to living among other humans and acting in ways considered appropriate by civilized society. Another major impact of this conflict is of the various characters and their intention in working with the feral children. While Mohandas wants to make the feral children into his friends by helping them become civilized, others only want to help themselves; their "society" tries to overpower Kamala in the form of Welles and Indira, and it ultimately succeeds; despite Mohandas's best efforts, Kamala is a creature of her own natural childhood, not of society. In the end, while Society succeeds in removing Kamala from the wilderness, it fails to fully imprint itself over her individual, instinctual nature.

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