Carrie is American author Stephen King's first published novel, released in 1974. Carrie is an epistolary novel. It revolves around the titular character Carrie, a shy high-school girl, who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who tease her. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising power to hurt and horrify." It is one of the most frequently banned books in United States schools. Much of the book is written in an epistolary structure, through newspaper clippings, magazine articles, letters, and excerpts from books. Several adaptations of Carrie have been released, including a 1976 feature film, a 1988 Broadway musical, a 1999 feature film sequel, and a 2002 television movie. The book uses fictional documents to frame the story of Carrie (Carrietta) White, a teenager from Chamberlain, Maine, who has been abused at home for years by her unstable Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret. She does not fare much better at Ewen High School; at the beginning of the novel, she has her first period while showering after her physical education class. Carrie, who is terrified, has no concept of menstruation; her mother never spoke to her about it, and she has been a social outcast throughout high school. But the thought that this could be Carrie's first period never occurs to her classmates; instead of sympathizing with the frightened Carrie, they use it as an opportunity to taunt her, throwing tampons and sanitary napkins at her instead of helping. Carrie draws strong parallels between the onset of the title character's adolesence, especially her menstruation and sexuality, and her psychic powers.


1 Comment:

  1. Mel Alarilla said...
    Carrie is one of my favorite movies of all time. It was not only scary but was most poignant as well. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

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