Analysis Of Stephen King 's Salem 's Lot Essay

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Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is primarily focused on Ben Mars and the residents of Jerusalem Lot being terrorized by Barlow. More interestingly though is the passage illustrating Mark observing Susan, which establishes a gendered binary that demonstrates the imbalanced representation of women. The dynamic of this binary also suggests the hegemonic idea that women are inferior to their masculine counterparts despite their attempts to be independent leaders, which is a masculine position. As a result, Susan is written off as a naïve individual for attempting to emulate the masculine behavior of leadership. She is by no means a damsel in distress, a role that horror often thrust female characters into, and her decision to attempt to stand against the “monster” insights the wrath and opinion of the masculine attitudes in the novel. Furthermore, because women are typically never the true heroes of film or literature, this places Susan in opposition to the idea that women should not possess power. Heroism and leadership are means to power, and hegemonic ideals prevent women from possessing that power. In Salem’s Lot, Ben Mars is meant to be the normative hero, but instances like this places Susan against normative attitudes constructed in the book. Thus, while it may appear that Salem’s Lot is solely about the town’s struggle with the vampiric entity that exists within it, it is also about the attitudes like Mark’s, which are set up to prevent women like Susan from being the hero
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