Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Carrie"Stephen King

"Carrie" is a horror novel published in 1974 by Stephen king. Set in Maine, the novel is about Carrie, a teenager with telekinetic powers. She is viewed as an outcast by her classmates mostly because of her radical Christian mother, Margaret White. In the first chapter, she gets her period but has no clue about menstruation. The other girls toss tampons at her only to be caught by the gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin. She is upset with Carrie at first but realizes Carrie is clueless about menstruation. She sends the frightened girl home for the day after explaining the basics of menstruation. While in the principal's office, Carrie's powers cause strange things to happen. Ms.Desjardin is angered by the event and punishes those involved with detention. A popular girls,Chris Hargansen, skips detention. Ms.Desjardin takes away Chriss prom privileges and she gets a three days suspension from school. She vows to get back at Carrie with the help off her boyfriend. In the meantime, Carries has to deal with her mother constantly shoving in the prayer closet for the slightest transgression. Margaret White refers to menstruation as the 'curse of blood' an tells of the night Carrie was conceived. Sue Snell is the only one who feels bad for her part in the fiasco and sets Carrie up with boyfriend Tommy Ross as a date for the prom. Of course, Margaret is not pleased saying it will lead her down a path of temptation. After Carrie discovers her powers, she find it hard to keep them in control. However, she uses them to her advantage even against her own mother. Anyone who likes horror will find "Carrie" hard to put down. It is the classic underdog vs the world story with a horror theme.

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