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A superior horror story is a combination of reality, supernatural and the fantastical worked into a suspenseful, captivating, believable story. The paper shows that Stephen King's novel, "Carrie", utilizes these literary elements to create a modern-day horror story. The character, Carrie, is realistic because she is, from all outward appearances, a normal teenage girl that suffers from merciless teasing. Carrie is also realistic because while we pity her, we also detest her actions. This realistic character is placed in a supernatural setting with her telekinetic powers, which makes the novel fantastical.
From the Paper:"King also creates a very realistic character with Carrie in that she is depicted in two very different ways, which plays on our emotions. She is, on one hand, a creature to be pitied and on the other, she is a creature to de despised. At the beginning of the novel, we cannot help but feel sympathy for Carrie as she experiences her first menstrual cycle. Her first response is that she is "bleeding to death" (9) and the fact that Miss Desjardin is unsympathetic fosters our compassion for the girl. In addition, Carrie's classmates were "throwing sanitary napkins" (15) at Carrie in the shower."
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