Taste Of Fear In Stephen King: A Taste For Fear
The emotion of fear injects the sense of dread all throughout our body, causing our muscles to tense up, pupils to dilate, body to sweat, stomach to clench, and to breathe heavily. Fear’s main intention of doing so, is to warn ourselves of any potential danger we might be in. To prevent any future harm done to us. (Dayton) So, for what reason might we humans want to experience fear, when it is so closely associated with pain?
In Stephen King’s somewhat subjective essay in the 1984 Playboy magazine, Why We Crave Horror Movies, King describes his reasoning behind why so many people are fond of watching movies residing in the horror genre. The content of his essay, though inserted in an unconventional area for this topic, …show more content…
King also states there are multiple reasons for this, but one of the main points are “to show that we can, that we are not afraid.” He then appeals to the audience experiences by making his paper more relatable and comical when he compares horror movies to roller coasters. King states, they are both usually liked by the young but once their age reaches to the forties or fifties, “one’s appetite for double twists or 360-degree loops may be considerably depleted.” King then adds, that another reason we will go and experience a flick intended to raise one’s heart rate, would be “to re-establish our feelings of essential normality.” This suggests, that we go to show ourselves that we are not all that abnormal and horrible, when compared to the rest of the freaks that could be potentially roaming the …show more content…
Which might also provide some of us with “psychic relief,” throwing ourselves in a place where intensive questioning is unnecessary, giving people a small break from their complicated daily life.
Switching back to earlier thoughts, King returns to the topic of insanity. He does so with commencing his first sentence with what seems to be a question, but then quickly changes it to sound more like a factual statement, to better give off the tone of what he is writing, is in fact true. King then, yet again uses incredibly specific details in his comparisons. Giving his audience a clear understanding of the point he is trying to prove. While still sprinkling hints of humor throughout it, keeping his audience entertained as if it is still one of his beloved novels.
Then merging earlier ideas, King writes “The potential lyncher is in almost all of us.” Explaining that our feelings, including or fears, have their own needs and demand to be set free from time to time. Clarifying why some people overreact at some moments and not others. Later, King adds how the civilization acts towards certain emotions and pulls examples from the general example of a childhood to further reinforce his