Strawberry Spring Stephen King Analysis

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On average, you will walk past a murderer ~12 times in your life. The question is, however, who are the killers and who are the innocents? It couldn’t be you, obviously. Since you know that you aren’t guilty, you feel reassured you are within the social norm. This feeling of normality is what makes us feel safe, and one of the reasons why Stephen King’s theory for why we crave horror is correct. King accurately claims that humans watch horror as a way face our fears, re-establish our sense of normality, and to have fun. “Strawberry Spring” offers the reader an opportunity to “show that we are not afraid” of facing our fears (King, “Why We Crave” 1). After all, anyone who has heard of Stephen King will automatically know that reading one of his stories may result in a thrill. For example, near the beginning of the narrator’s encounter, “a junior named John Dancey” happened upon a “dead girl lying in a shadowy corner of the Animal Sciences parking lot” (King, “Strawberry Spring” 2). Accordingly, the explicitly specific imagery used to reveal the brutality of Gale Cerman’s death is quite unsettling! Most of us spend our entire lives avoiding our “hysterical fear” of death, and allowing us to read such a description is “daring [our] nightmares” (King, “Why We Crave” 1). “Strawberry Spring” fulfills Stephen King’s claim that one reason we watch and read horror is to show “that we are not afraid” (1). As well as that, Stephen King’s story
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