Friday, April 19, 2013

Stephen King's Carrie - Prose Essay Prompts

Novel: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Year: 1974

Prompt 1:

American horror writer Stephen King is known for his ghastly novels most of which are filled with gore, outcasts and eventual tragedy. His novel, Carrie is no different with its vengeful teenage girl who at one point explodes and creates havoc in the town of Chamberlin. Analyze how King uses imagery and diction in order to make such a vivid horror story come to life in his audience’s mind and how his theme in Carrie helps maintain that sense of horror and suspense throughout the novel.

Prompt 2: 

"People don't get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don't stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it."

- Stephen King, Carrie

This quote reflects Stephen King’s cynical views on the mentality and nature of humans. Analyze how the concept behind this quote is played out in the King’s novel Carrie (1974). 


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