Women Who Run with the Wolves Short Essay - Answer Key

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
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1. What does the author believe the Wild Woman archetype can do for the American woman?

The author believes the Wild Woman archetype will help to serve a healing function for American women.

2. What does Estes say about her relationship with the Wild Woman archetype? How was she drawn to the archetype?

Estes was drawn to the Wild Woman archetype as a part of her bond with nature and with her favorite animal, the wolf.

3. What is the overall purpose of the story of La Loba of the American Southwest as Estes explains in the first section?

The overall purpose of the La Loba story is that an Old Woman can find, alone, great power and joy in herself and that she holds within herself incredible abilities of transformation.

4. What does the second story of the rabbits with Ezekiel's wheel tell about the relationship between the wisest and transformational experiences?

This story tells the reader that the wisest neither make too much or too little of transformational experiences.

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