Why We Crave Horror In King's Strawberry Spring, By Stephen King

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We are born afraid of only two things: falling and loud noises. All our other fears are learned and influenced by the environment and cultures surrounding us. The world we live in helps differentiate the “insanity of man” that we all share (3). Since “we’re all mentally ill” (King, “Why We Crave” 1), it leaves us the decision of our degree of sanity. In his essay, “Why We Crave Horror,” Stephen King thoroughly claims that we humans crave horror to face our fears, restore humans feelings of being normal, and to encounter a peculiar sort of fun. Humans crave horror to simply “dare the nightmare” (King, “Why We Crave” 1). Everyone has something that they are afraid of; even though we don’t like to admit it. The ideal life is to be fearless but, it never happens. Stephen King’s story, “Strawberry Spring,” gives a thrill to the story; through Stephen King’s writing, we are allowed to “show that..we are not afraid.” (King, “Why We Crave” 1). For instance, in the beginning of the story, “Strawberry Spring,” the narrator had been introduced to, “a junior named John Dancey,” happened upon a “dead girl lying in the shadowy corner of the Animal Sciences parking lot,” (King, “Strawberry Spring” 2). The murder of Gale Cerman was barbaric. The reveal of her beheaded death had shocked all readers and had created some of their worst fears of death. When facing the dreadful killings of “Strawberry Spring,” it attains one of the reason why humans have the desire to watch horror. Stephen King’s writing in “Strawberry Spring,” helps show that “we can ride this roller coaster,” (King, “Why We Crave” 1). Any type of horror film, book, etc, gives humans the ability to compare their normal lives to the heinous events of the story. Stephen King creat... ... middle of paper ... ...es throughout his essay, has implied that we not only crave horror but we need some type of horror in our lives. Horror allows human to release that insanity we have lingering within ourselves.Though, if we do not have our cathartic release to free all the wicked emotions, then it stays bottle up within our bodies. We keep it there, never going away, and it grows bigger and bigger until it finally takes control. However, we all do not want to end up like Jack the Ripper, Springheel Jack, or any other famous killers in the horror films we watch. Stephen King’s three claims are true to mankind and related to humans daily but it depends on how we respond. Like the Human Condition, we all experience fear, crave of evil, realities that might lead to tragedy but it is determined by the way the person responds to the fear, tempting evilness, and the distress of reality.

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