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"Cujo" By Stephen King. Essay

1493 words - 6 pages

Cujo written by Stephen King2.This novel is set in a not so quiet town in Maine called Castle Rock. The town shows the lives of both the middle-class, the Trenton's, and the lower-class, the Camber's. The most intriguing parts of the novel take place 7 miles from town, on the Camber's property in a hot Pinto. The most important thing about the setting is the secludedness of the Camber house. It is important to the plot that there not be any traffic near their house that could aide Donna and Tad's escape, this adds to the suspense. The novel focused on the setting in the beginning, to get us acquainted with the surroundings. I feel that King focused more on the Camber house and the Pinto than the other surroundings. I believe that the setting is not unimportant, but I don't think it has to take place in Maine. It could have taken place anywhere in America or the world, for that fact. It's not the state or town that is important; it's the secludedness of where the Pinto attacks happen.3.The major characters in Cujo are the Trenton's, the Camber's and, of course, Cujo. Although there is not much to say about Cujo because he is a dog, we see the changes that take place and the events that forever changed him. He is very friendly and a great family dog until he is bitten. After that, he starts to change. The rabbi's have infected his head by a brain destroying virus that changes his whole persona and creates a monster out of a normal family dog. He is, in a sense, a death machine hidden beyond the appearance of an ill dog. Because of this disease, he does things he normally wouldn't do. Cujo is the evil force, but this evil force is neither from another world nor from beyond the dead. This evil force could take over any animal, anywhere, in any year.Next, is the middle-class Trenton family. Vic Trenton is business man considered to be a workaholic. Sometimes he puts his job ahead of his family. I think he does this subconsciously. He does not seem like a person who would intentionally hurt someone. He loves his wife and adores his son. He is a giving individual who tends to worry a lot. Donna, Vic's wife, has taken a lover to combat boredom and fear in her everyday life as a housewife. She really is a good person who feels ignored by her husband and can't seem to accept the emptiness of domestic life. Donna keeps her affair going until her conscious gets the best of her and she opts to get out. She would do anything for her son, Tad. She is to be looked at as a regular middle-class housewife who is lonely, unhappy and trying to find a way out of her self-imposed misery. Donna is like any other giving mother who looks out for the welfare of her family. Tad is the Trenton's only son. There is nothing abnormal or extraordinary about him. He loves his family and is a normal boy whose life is taken by dehydration, not by Cujo.Finally, the lower-class Camber family is troubled like the Trenton's, but in a different way. Joe Camber is abusive both physically...

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