Stephen King 's Personal Experience

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Stephen King is a very successful author in which that success is based on fictional stories inspired by personal experience. In every one of the novels/novellas that we have read in this course thus far, we can find that usually more than one of his personal experiences lies within each piece of work. Many of Kings more minor connection to his own personal life are a big reason that, as a reader, you immediately jump to the conclusion that his stories are semi-autobiographical. What I mean by this is the way he sets a story up, the main character is usually a writer, attending UMaine, and/or residing in Maine, all attributes of King. As King progresses the story he tends to base the overall major theme on a larger aspect of his life such…show more content…
Much of King’s childhood experience bleeds over into the settings for both Hearts and The Body. King was born in 1947 and was about twelve years old in 1960, the year the story for The Body takes place. Twelve-year-old Gordie (who also becomes a writer) lives in Gates Falls, one of King’s fictional towns, along with Derry and Chamberlain, a textile mill town along the Castle River (likely created with the Androscoggin in mind, which flows through Durham and Lisbon Falls, where King lived and went to school). Further, Gordie informs the reader, while discussing the train trestle spanning the river, that the river frequently floods and covers Route 136 in either Harlow or Danvers Junction or both (The Body, 354). Route 136 does run along the Androscoggin south of Lewiston to Durham. Finally, Runaround Pond in West Durham is likely the inspiration for the leech incident (The Body, 396). It sits directly in-between Durham and Pownal, which are the site of the search for Ray Brower (the boy from Chamberlain hit by the train), along with the fictional Motton. The authorities drag the Motton Reservoir to search for the body (The Body, 300). The rural Maine settings used in King’s novels help him create an atmosphere to take the reader back in time to the 1960s. One of the points he drives home is that things were simpler then. The four boys bond on their adventure to find the dead body and form friendships that Gordie relishes. They discuss their favorite
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