Stephen King Argumentative Essay

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Stephen King


Stephen Edwin

King is one of today's most popular and best selling writers. King



combines

the elements of psychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal, and





detective themes into his stories.1 In addition to these themes, King

sticks to using great



and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday

place.2 Stephen King who is mainly



known for his novels, has broadened

his horizons to different types of writings such as



movie scripts, nonfiction,

autobiographies, children's books, and short stories. While



Stephen King

might be best known for his novels The Stand and It, some of his best work





that has been published are his short stories such as "The Body" and "Quitters

Inc".3



King's works are so powerful because he uses his experience and

observations from his



everyday life and places them into his unique stories.





Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21,

1947, at the



Maine General Hospital.4 Stephen, his mother Nellie, and

his adopted brother David were



left to fend for themselves when Stephen's

father Donald, a Merchant Marine captain, left



one day, to go the store

to buy a pack of cigarettes, and never returned.5 His fathers



leaving

had a big indirect impact on King's life. Stephen King recalls how his family

life



was altered: "After my father took off, my mother, struggled, and

then landed on her



feet." My brother and I didn't see a great deal of

her over the next nine years. She



worked a succession of continuous low

paying jobs."6 Stephen's first outlooks on life



were influenced by his

older brother and what he figured out on his own. While young



Stephen

and his family moved around the North Eastern and Central United States. When





he was seven years old, they moved to Stratford, Connecticut.7 Here is

where King got



his first exposure to horror. One evening he listened to

the radio adaptation of Ray



Bradbury's story "Mars Is Heaven!" That night

King recalls he "slept in the doorway,



where the real and rational light

of the bathroom bulb could shine on my face."8 Stephen



King's exposure

to oral storytelling on the radio had a large impact on his later writings.





King tells his stories in visual terms so that the reader would be able

to "see" what was



happening in their own mind,somewhat in the same fashion

the way it was done on the



radio.9 King's fascination with horror early

on continued and was pushed along only a



couple weeks after Bradbury's

story. One day little Stephen was looking through his



mother's books and

came across one named "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.



Hyde." After

his mother finished reading the book to him, Stephen was hooked. He



immediately

asked her to read it again. King recalls "that summer when I was seven, [my





mother] must have read it to me half a dozen times."10 Ironically that

same year, while



Stephen was still seven years old, he went to go see his

first horror movie, The Creature



from the Black Lagoon. This is important

because Stephen says, " Since [the movie], I



still see things cinematically.

I write down everything I see. What I see, it seems like a



movie to me."11

During this year the biggest event that probably had the biggest impact



on

Stephen King's writing style was the discovery of the author H. P. Lovecraft.

King



would later write of Lovecraft, "He struck with the most force, and

I still think, for all his



shortcomings, he is the best writer of horror

fiction that America has yet produced."12 In



many of Lovecraft's writings

he always used his present surroundings as the back drop of



his stories.

King has followed in his footsteps with the fictional town of Castle Rock,





Maine. Castle Rock is acombination of several towns that King moved to

and from with



his family in his childhood.13 The main town that it resembles

is that of Durham, Maine. It



was after the exposure to H. P. Lovecraft's

stories that King first began to write.



While growing up and

moving around the way his family did, Stephen had never been



able to feel

comfortable and settle down in one place and make friends they way other kids





his age did. Around the age of twelve the King family finally settled

in the town of



Durham, Maine. For Stephen King, Durham was the place where

his imagination began to



shine. It was at this time that Stephen first

began to make friends. Along with his friends,



Stephen would go the movies

a lot. Stephen would use the movies as a inspiration.



Although he enjoyed

going out and having fun, whenever he would come home, Stephen



would immediately

write down his experiences and observations. Frequently King would



place

his friends and family into childhood fantasy tales. And one would always

know



how Stephen felt about them because of how long they lived in the

story. It was not



until college that Stephen King received any kind

of real recognition for his writings. In



the Fall of 1967, King finished

his first novel, The Long Walk, and turned it into his



sophomore American

Literature professor for review.14 After a couple of weeks and a



couple

rounds around the department, the English professors were stunned. They realized

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