Rage: Stephen King’s Strange Fiction becomes a Grim Reality

  • R Rajadurai Assistant Professor, Department of English, Vel Tech High Tech Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-0897
  • A Arul Assistant Professor, Department of English, Vel Tech High Tech Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • J Vignesious Stanley Assistant Professor, Department of English, Vel Tech High Tech Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: School Violence, College Shootout, OCD, Hostage, Teenagers, Stephen King

Abstract

In this study, a critical analysis of one of Stephen King’s most well-known novels, Rage, is taken into consideration. A psychological thriller is what you will find in Rage. There is a school shooting depicted in the novel that is based on actual incidents that took place in secondary schools throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. The psychology of school children and the conditions in which they find themselves are also discussed in this essay. The plot revolves around a troubled high school student who struggles with issues of authority and who commits murder against one of his teachers while also holding the majority of his classmates captive. While Charlie Decker is in the midst of a protracted, stressful, and exhausting warm evening, he discusses what led him to this dramatic series of acts. At the same time, he is examining the identities of his peers and asking each of them to defend their own lives. Surprisingly, this book is linked to a number of incidents involving shootings at top universities. There was one such incident that resulted in the deaths of three classmates and the injuries of five more. A teenager named Michael Carneal’s closet serves as the setting for the tale. In this particular instance, Rage was responsible for the sixth high school shooting. As a result, the purpose of this research is to investigate the causes and consequences of the novel as well as the shootings that occurred in real life that are linked to it.

Published
2024-03-01
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How to Cite
Rajadurai, R., Arul, A., & Vignesious Stanley, J. (2024). Rage: Stephen King’s Strange Fiction becomes a Grim Reality. Shanlax International Journal of English, 12(2), 39-47. https://doi.org/10.34293/english.v12i2.7188
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