King is a man of many horrors but it’s easy to agree psychological destruction may just be his favorite cup of tea. That being said, let’s discuss his 1970 short story, Graveyard shift. It’s dark, the moon is up, and, a massive cleaning effort at the mill, called out his name. Hall. Warwick, his boss, takes him and his men to the basement to clean out a rat infestation. There, they find a sub-basement and the most terrifying things they’d ever laid eyes on. Throughout the story, King hints at different symbols of religious aspects and foreshadows what’s to come. At one point and time, a group of rats scurry out to sit and watch as Hall worked. “They looked like a jury.” (King, page 42) “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened…” (Bible, Daniel 7:9-10) Not long after the group of rats gathered, Wisconsky, a co-worker of Hall, ‘prophesied’ to “Wait and see.” (42) because someone was definitely going to be hurt. The deeper into the basement they got, the more it looked like “the shattered nave of a desecrated church” (43) with bigger rats, and the way king describes it, gives it a plague-esque feel. After finding the sub-b...
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...and a woman trapped behind it and she makes comments to john but he pushes them off and she loses it. While no one is around, she locks herself up and throws away the key and tears apart the wallpaper trying to set the woman free and when John finally sees her he faints as she crawls around the room. Maybe the woman she saw was herself and that’s why she wanted her freed so badly, but no one will ever know. She went crazy from having untreated postpartum depression. Her symptoms made her a different person, changed her whole inner and outer exterior.
Psychology through readings can be different in many senses but they will always make you or the character feel fear in one or more ways. It may be from judgment day actually happening, to postpartum, to that creepy feeling you had an hour ago that someone was next to you, watching your every move, but nobody was around.
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