Analysis Of ' The Body ' By Stephen King

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Kids tend to not fully grasp the seriousness of certain situations due to their immaturity; This was the case of the four young boys in Stephen King’s novella: The Body. The story describes the journey these boys partake in, a journey in which they were determined to find the dead body of a 13 year old boy. But the journey ended up being a bigger adventure than they originally set out on, and even proved to be life changing for them; Especially for one of the boys in particular, Gordy, who learns the true gravity of death, along with other valuable life lessons. Gordy is the focus in this novella because he is the stand-in for a young Stephen King. Most of the events in this story are true and have actually happened to King, which forever…show more content…
They seem to know a little about the concept of death, because in the film we see Teddy jump in front of a train in a game of chicken who is quickly tackled off by Chris. Then they finally come to the body itself, and seeing it in person makes them decide against the attention they originally set out for. Even seeing the Body makes Gordy sob to Chris because he finally realizes that Denny is gone for good, and death is nothing to be recognized for. We immediately see a change in Gordy in the way he handles the gun when the boys are confronted by the rival group. In the beginning Gordy was afraid and scared when he accidently shot the gun, but now he is more assertive and confident in himself. No specific one of these events could take credit for Gordy’s maturity towards death, but all contributed in teaching him that death is serious and no one is invincible. Adult Gordy, who is supposed to be a portrayal of present day King, went on a journey of his own through self reflection. This was far from a cruise down memory lane to Gordy, tapping into these memories meant reliving all of the very incidents that shaped him into who he is today. Friendships are one of the most enjoyable part of our lives, especially when we are young, reckless, and naive. For young Gordy, the friendships he had helped him stay true to himself and do what he loves best: writing. It was young Gordy’s best friend, Chris Chambers, that managed to convince him to stay a writer
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