Since the publication ofCarriein 1974, neither misfit Carrie White nor her catastrophic high school prom has been forgotten. That's because the story of Carrie, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge introduced a fresh and distinctive new voice in American fiction -- Stephen King.AlthoughCarriefirst captured America's attention with its shocking climax, it remains as vibrant today as when it was first published because of Stephen King's ability to tap the collective unconscious of our commercial society. He brilliantly underscores the inherent fears and driving forces that fester in adolescence and later manifest themselves in various forms. Whether it's public high school's proclivity for suppressing individualism and creativity, the bigotry of cliques, or male apprehension of women's emerging sexuality and equality,Carrielays bare our ritualistic, cruel, and base tendencies. Ultimately, we discern that it's not Carrie White but the ineffectual people surrounding her that we truly dread -- which is whyCarrieendures as one of Stephen King's most riveting and disturbing novels.
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How is the description of the girls' laughter significant?
Pay attention to these narrative asides in parentheses as you read. These asides give insight into what the characters are really thinking, and contributes to the omniscient point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
What two contradictory emotions do both Ms. Desjardin and Mr. Morton feel toward Carrie?
How would you describe Mr. Morton's attitude in handling the situation with Carrie?
What is 'flexing' when Carrie practices her telekinetic powers?
This interview with Stella utilizes which literary element?
How has the author used foreshadowing so far? (This annotation contains a video)
What feeling does Margaret instill in Carrie regarding her entrance into "womanhood"?
Why do you think this word is capitalized? What is the difference between being popular vs. being Popular? (This annotation contains an image)
The continuity of the action is fragmented. These occasional excerpts from texts written after the Spring Ball foreshadow the horrible event to come, and give insight into how people view the event in the years after. Pay attention to the various points of view in these excerpts. Do they all agree about what happened?
What theme is closely connected to Carrie's mother and her philosophy of child rearing?
Margaret shares the name Brigham with another religious zealot, Brigham Young, the leader of the Latter Day Saint movement in the mid-nineteenth century. Even if this is merely coincidence, both Margaret and Brigham were fanatics who could be quite violent in their beliefs. (This annotation contains an image)
Which character is the main antagonist?
Can you explain the meaning of this simile? How does it add to the characterization of Mr. Hargensen? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following descriptions is an example of a simile?
It was stated earlier that this is what Chris called the outcasts in school. Mortimer Snerd was one of Edgar Bergen's puppets (along with Charlie McCarthy) that gained popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. Snerd was known for being dopey and rather stupid. (This annotation contains a video)
How would you describe Sue's attitude about prom night?
Are Sue and Tommy doing this for the right reasons? Would you say that Sue is more developed as a character than her foil, Chris? (This annotation contains a video)
What assumption is this author attempting to dispute?
How does Margaret control Carrie?
In learning to hone her "power," Carrie is also becoming more bold with her mother. She begins to understand that her telekinesis gives her agency and power.
Which of the following statements is NOT true about telekinesis (TK)?
Sue has meddled in the accepted social hierarchy of high school, and her friends will not forgive her for it. They also resent how Sue's behavior highlights just how terrible their own behavior has been. (This annotation contains an image)
The author uses which type of figurative language to describe the car?
This scene is very disturbing, but provides some very important characterization and thematic elements. First, the lengths to which these characters would go to in terms of violent behavior is significant. Second, the blood here contributes to the overall motif of blood throughout the novel. Can you also see the connection between this scene and the pig hunting scenes in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"? (This annotation contains an image)
'Jezebel' and 'Pilate' are examples of ________.
Carrie is beautiful after the 'makeover' she does for herself. Is this going to change anything once she gets to the dance? Will her changed appearance make her classmates more accepting of her? (This annotation contains an image)
How would you characterize the tone of Sue's autobiography?
It is difficult to determine whether Chris is controlling Billy's actions, or vice versa. What is Billy's motivation for playing this horrible prank on Carrie? Does he even know her?
What new characteristic does Carrie exhibit at the dance?
Another theme in the novel that remains incredibly relevant more than 70 years after its publication is bullying and the unforeseen consequences (sometimes violent consequences) of bullying. "Physical bullying is more common in middle school but declines in high school. Emotional or verbal bullying, however, remains constant from middle school through high school. Bullying can have many negative effects, not only personal effects on the individual victim, but societal effects such as school shootings, suicide rates and high school drop-out rates."
The fact that the reader knows that buckets of pigs blood will be dropped on the prom king and queen is an example of
How does the author build tension leading up to the "moment"? (This annotation contains a video)
According to Norma, what accounts for the way that the students react?
The point of view shifts frequently in this section describing the aftermath of Carrie's "attack" on the school and through the town. What is the effect of this? Are some POVs more reliable than others?
In addition to controlling objects, what other power of Carrie's is revealed?
What does Carrie's point of view add to the narrative? Does she add any new insight to what happened that evening?
What does fire represent for Carrie?
What is the tone of this line of questioning?
Where else in the novel have we seen hysterical characters deal with using violence? Which character is usually dealt with in this fashion?
If she was not looking for forgiveness in the church, who or what do you think Carrie was looking for?
What is Margaret's state of mind?
King made an interesting choice in explaining Carrie's powers as being natural (despite her mother's claims otherwise). If she were in an X-Men comic instead of a Steven King novel things could have been much different for Carrie White. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Chris and Billy's relationship built on?
Despite the cruelty Carrie suffered directly and indirectly because of her mother, Carrie still calls for her in her last moments. Why do you think this is?
Why is Sue so antagonistic in her testimony?
Sue now knows exactly what Carrie is feeling. This could account for why Sue has gained so much empathy for Carrie (as seen in her book and in her testimony, subsequently). How does this relate to the overall theme of appearances in the novel? (This annotation contains a video)
What has happened to the town of Chamberlain since that fateful prom night?