The Body by Stephen King

1147 WordsFeb 13, 20135 Pages
Coming in to the Light In the novella The Body, author Stephen King makes an attempt to explain a story about losing innocence, only to be replaced by maturity and the corruption that comes with it. To do so, King revolves a story around a group of four boys who go on a life changing journey to find a dead body they heard about through the grape vine. Little did they know that pursuing this journey would eventually change them for the worse. In its entirety, the crux of the novella was to show how the experience of meeting death hands-on will pivot a person’s life and will either lead them onto a slippery slope or mold them in to a man soon to be. More specifically, King reinforces this theme beautifully by using light imagery during the…show more content…
By using darkness King succeeds in making the overall feel of the scene bleak and dismal. On the contrary, Stephen King also uses light imagery to express to the reader the loss of innocence. As the boys continue to look around the body, they begin to notice little details that actually hold great meaning to the entirety of what they are looking at. Upon first sight the boys notice around Ray Brower’s feet the “…pair of filthy low-topped Keds” (408). For its time period, Keds were viewed as adolescent shoes worn by children; appropriate for the feet that they were once bestowed upon. If it has not been made clear by now, Ray Brower was once a young, loving innocent child and everything that he was and what he wore embraced that aspect of him, everything all the way down to his feet. He himself was a representation of light and the sense of goodness. By seeing that he had been “…knocked spang out of his Keds” (408) showed that all possible traces of innocence have been dismissed from his mortal body, in the figurative sense and literal sense. What was once pure and righteous was now consumed by evil and corruption; the light had left his body only to be replaced by darkness. Even the Keds that were once upon his feet had become “dirty” (409). All that touched and had once touched Ray Brower was no longer in any state that resembled anything close to light; he was fully enshrouded in the darkness and the boys
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