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Symbols in The Were-Wolf
Symbols Examples in The Were-Wolf:
"And he knew surely that to him Christian had been as Christ, and had suffered and died to save him from his sins...." See in text (The Were-Wolf)
The Christian-Jesus symbolism is made unambiguous here. While Christian represents Jesus, Sweyn represents those whom Jesus died to save, even though they were not deserving of such a sacrifice.
"with his arms flung up and wide..." See in text (The Were-Wolf)
With his injured hands stretched out, Christian—whose name refers to religious followers of the biblical Jesus—has frozen in a position that resembles the crucified Jesus. Similar to the biblical story of Jesus, Christian died for those who were less perfect than he was in order to save them from their vices, suffering greatly in the process. According to Christian tradition, this allows humans to triumph over death, an interesting fact in light of the comparisons of White Fell to a spectre of death.
"Known danger could be braced, but not this stealthy Death that walked by day invisible, that cut off alike the child in his play and the aged woman so near to her quiet grave...." See in text (The Were-Wolf)
Here, White Fell is equated with Death. Because she is so elusive, the danger she poses is great, especially because not everyone believes her capable of cruelty. Notably, she appears to be indiscriminate in her choosing of victims, for she kills both the very old and very young. Because it is difficult to safeguard against so powerful an enemy, this creates more tension as the danger posed by White Fell increases.