Do werewolves have free will to choose to become shapeshifters?
To a human, the question on whether or not werewolves have free will to become a werewolf is (or so they think) pretty obvious. Most humans think that werewolves do not choose to become shapeshifters, but are rather forced into becoming one by a werewolf bite. Hollywood perpetuates this myth, and so, werewolves, by human standards, are considered victims of circumstance.
This is not entirely true. Werewolves can generally be broken down into two categories – those that have chosen their path of their own free will, and those who have not, but rather fate has decided for them.
There are many werewolves that have chosen to become shifters. As information becomes more widespread about what a werewolf is, represents, and can be, more and more seek to become one. They seek to become werewolves for strength, power, and abilities that they can gain. They see becoming a werewolf as a gift. Becoming a werewolf by design is however a challenging road. The legends about the ways to become a werewolf are not always clear, nor are they always correct.
On the other side of the coin, there also are some werewolves that have become shapeshifters by no choice of their own. Some that fall into this category have what they believe to be a “curse”. Many of these werewolves, if they could, would most likely try to find a remedy to their “unwanted” problem. They feel that their state of being was forced upon them, and they want nothing more than to be simply human again. That is not to say that all who did not choose be become werewolves are not happy! For example, often those who have been born as werewolves are most likely to be happy, as they have been able to grow with their abilities and develop them over time rather than having a whole new state of being thrust upon them unexpectedly.