Term Paper on The Stand

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The Stand

Stephen King's The Stand is a thrilling novel that portrays the forces of good against
evil. In the year 1991, a plague strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive
who are "immune" to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those who serve G-d instinctively join
in Boulder, Colorado, while those who worship the "Dark Man" are drawn to Las Vegas,
Nevada. The two groups separately re-build society, until one must destroy the
other.Franni Goldsmith comes very close to killing herself. She thinks she can not deal
with her parents' deaths, being unwed and pregnant, and having the only other survivor in
her hometown of Ogunquit, Main be her recently deceased best friend's weird brother Harold
Lauder. Fran puts aside her personal feelings for Harold aside, and goes with him to the
place in her dreams, to Boulder, Colorado.On their way, they meet up with six people from
various states in the United States who joined them on their journey. Fran is disturbed by
her dreams, as all of them are by their own. She dreams of an old lady named Abigail, in
Colorado. This lady is kind and loving and promises to protect them from the evil. In the
dreams there is also a "Dark Man". He is always there lurking, waiting to attack.Harold
admits to himself that he is in love with Fran and goes crazy when he realizes how serious
Fran has become with Stuart Redman, one of the newcomers to their traveling group. Harold
becomes insanely jealous and plots to separate them, even if it means murder. Harold
doesn't admit it to any of them, but his dreams are different from theirs. In his dreams
the "Dark Man" offers Harold power and respect, something Harold could never imagine in
the past. Harold knows his destiny is to go to Las Vegas.The group arrives in Boulder, and
soon after are joined by over one thousand others who dreamt of Abigail and this place.
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