Topic: It by Stephen King

The book starts off in 1957 with little Georgie Denbrough following his paper boat through the flooded streets of Derry. Then the story jumps back to when the boat is being made. Georgie's older brother, stuttering Bill (as his classmates call him) is helping him create his boat. Georgie needs to get the wax from the cellar but he is paralyzed with fear because he thinks that when he goes for the power switch a hairy monster will grab him and drag him down. He goes to flick the switch and to his demise no power. The storm had knocked out the power. This means that he has to brave it out or leave his brother disappointed. He goes descends into the cellar and retrieves the wax without getting eaten. Back to Georgie chasing his boat when all of a sudden his boat goes down a gutter. Unexpectedly Georgie sees a pair of eyes look up at him. At first Georgie assumes that a house cat got blown into the gutter but he realizes that is false when it starts to talk to him. Shortly after it speaks to him he sees that it is fact a clown. It introduces itself as Mr. Bob Gray, also known as, Pennywise the Dancing Clown and he offers his boat back. Unwisely Georgie reaches down to grab his boat. Within forty five seconds Georgie is dead. Dave Gartner arrived to see what happened and he is horrified by the sight of George's lack of a limb. The chapter ends here. I think that most people when seeing a clown in a sewer would be a little more weirder out than Georgie. When I was little I use too have the exact same fear as Georgie so I find it easy to relate.

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Chapter two starts off in 1984 with Don Hagarty crying to Harold Gardner (a police officer) explaining how his homosexual boyfriend Ardian Mellon got killed. The murder suspects are three angsty teenagers Steve Dubay (seventeen), John “Webby” Garton (eighteen), Christopher Unwin (fifteen). The officers seeing Unwin as a weak link pressures him into telling him the story about how Ardian Mellon died. According to Unwin, Webby and Steve beat the living daylight out of Ardian with insane bloodlust and tossed him into the canal. However, Unwin passes the blame onto a clown that was on the canal. This does not match up with Webby and Steve's account of the murder, however, does match up with Don’s. The officer does not include this clown in their murder case because it is ludicrous. When they go to court there is no mention of a clown because if it is mentioned the defence lawyers will pick up on it an use it to pass the blame so the teens go free. John Webber Garton was convicted for the first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to twenty years in Thomaston State Prison. Steven Bishop Dubay was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to fifteen years in Shawshank State Prison. Christopher Unwin was charged as a juvenile and he was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to six months at the South Windham boys’ Training Facility, sentence suspended. I think chapter does a good job of how portraying how gay people were mistreated in the 1900’s. Also, I feel like the clown was somehow fueling the teen’s bloodlust.

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Chapter three stars off in 1985 with Patricia Uris in her house with her husband Mr. Stanley Uris sewing while watching Family Feud. When all of sudden the phone rings it's his old childhood friend stuttering Bill. This stirs something inside something of Stanley. He decides to take a bath. His final bath. After a while, Patricia finds this bath at seven unusual and out of his character and his routine. When she goes to check on him the door is locked and he isn't replying. This sends her into a panic. She goes into a frenzy and searches for her key to the bathroom when she opens the door she is welcomed to the sight of her dead husband. Stanley had slit his wrist with a razor blade. He wrote something on the side of the tub with his blood IT. What I can take away from this part of the chapter is that some serious stuff had happened when he was a friend with Bill.

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Continuing the chapter we learn about another one of Bill’s friend Richard Tozier. Richard Tozier is a Radio host with his fantastic voices. According to Rich, these voices help him to be brave. Suddenly he gets a call from Mike Hanlon. Mike tells him something. He tells himself that everything is going to be alright, but his confidence slowly fades in that statement. So he phones up his travel agent for a trip to Derry. After this, he starts to have a mental break down which ends up with him vomiting in the toilet. Something serious happened in Derry all those years ago.

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Continuing chapter three Mr. Lee is thrown off when Ben gives him a frightened look and Ricky instantly he assumes that he lost a  family member. Ben asks for some whiskey. He shows a trick that he learned from the natives in Peru for drinking whiskey. He started by squeezing lemon juice into his nose. Then he drinks a third of the bottle. Then he tells Ricky about his childhood as an overweight kid and how this bully Henry Bowers cut an H into him. He drinks again. Then Ben gives Ricky three pure silver coins and tells him to give them to his kids. Hanscom recognizing this pattern from a fellow who shortly after he drank committed suicide. But when he leaves Ben doesn't think that he is going to kill himself for some reason.

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Continuing chapter three were introduced to Eddie Kaspbrak to his overflowing medicine cabinet. Because Eddie thinks that he has a weak immune system, he overstocks on medicine. Eddie had gotten the same phone call that everyone else did, so he was stalking up on all sorts of medicine. That's when his wife catches him. His wife is Myra who happens to be like his mother in the size department, huge. He starts having flashbacks to when he was a kid. When he was little at school he attended Physical Education and his mother didn't want him attending it because she said that he was too delicate. Even though his teacher there is nothing physical unhealthy about him, his mother keeps insists. The teacher says that maybe it's psychological. At this statement his Mother absolutely loses her top. Eddie is brought back to present when his wife begs for him to say.

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Continuing chapter three we start off with Myra begging Eddie to tell her what is going on. Eddie obviously doesn't tell because of the absurdity of something, Eddie now explains to readers how he got married because he was chained with sweetness. Next, we learn about Eddie's job as a private taxi service and how Myra has to fill in with him which Myra is not happy about. He finally leaves the house by using kind words and willpower.

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Once again still continuing chapter three this time we’re introduced to Beverly Rogan and her husband Tom Rogan. Within the first page we learn that Tom is a terrible husband. Tom is woken up by Beverly on the phone and tells Beverly to the tell the person on the phone to go away in an unpleasant way to say the least. She gives him a look of dismissal. Tom loses a bolt and gets mad at Beverly. Then we get an explanation of how they met and how Tom took advantage of her and got married. I feel bad for the people who are stuck in theses relationships in real life.

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Continuing chapter three Tom falls into a blind rage and prepares to dish out a, “whuppin.” (His word not mine). This word broke my immersion because I imaged a preschooler with a New York accent saying, eh, little Timmy I’m gonna give ya a whuppin.(Sorry for the poor English I was just trying to replicate a New York accent.) Then proceeding to walk over to little Timmy smacking him with the strength of a toddler. This kept me amused through the whole section of the domestic abuse between Tom and Beverly. Anyways Beverly fights back and pushes a cabinet on top of Tom this immobilizes him and allows Beverly to make a quick escape.

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In Chapter three the reader learns that Bill has gotten over his stuttering problem and has become a successful author. Bill credits speech therapy and moving away from Derry to be the reason why. I just like to give Stephen King some well-deserved credit because most authors would say that Bill went to speech therapy and move on but Stephen King goes into further detail. I've just started to notice this repeating pattern. This explains why this book is a thousand and some pages long. Some of the tricks that Bill learned are talking slowly, thinking of your middle name before you introduce your self, switch to French then back to English if you get stuck on a word, and if your struggling with s-words to just lisp them. I still have to fact check them but I hope they are actually efficient methods because this would prove that Stephen King puts his time and effort into his books.

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Moving on to chapter four Ben is finishing off his finals when he hears Henry Bowers asking him to let him copy off of Ben’s work. Ben knows that if he is seen letting Henry copy off of him he knows that he and Henry would automatically get a zero. But, if he doesn't let Henry copy he is sure to receive a beating from Henry. Ben chooses the latter thinking that he can evade Henry until school ends. Henry knows that if he doesn't pass this school year his dad is going to beat him harder than his usual beatings. Of course, Henry will pass along his pain and suffering to Ben if he fails because of him. I don’t know why but this reminded me of my self when I was little and I was convinced that anyone sitting beside me would try to cheat off of me. So anytime I wrote anything I would have this weird position where I would half lay on the desk to prevent cheaters. Looking back now I notice that I was really weird and paranoid kid.

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Continuing chapter four Ben manages to escape to the library where he is reminded by the curfew poster that there is a curfew for the children because there is a crazed child murder at large. It is blatantly obvious to the reader that this the clown Pennywise's doing. However, the people at Derry decide to introduce a curfew to hopefully prevent these killings. I don’t think just a curfew would completely deter a crazed murder and a possible sex offender in real life. In my opinion, there should be extra measures taken just from the sheer amounts of killings. For example, they should introduce a law that doesn't allow children to be by themselves at any time, have extra police force actively walking around after curfew and making finding this serial killer top priority.

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While Ben is returning to his house from the library he is unaware of Henry and his gang stalking him. On Bens way back to his him he is deep in thought about all the murdering that has been happening. With this thought, he has a flashback about his mother asking him if he has noticed anything suspicious. This makes him have another flashback to winter when he is walking back from school to his house in a blizzard. On his way back he spots a clown. This clown offers him a balloon. Ben starts to get some weird vibes from this clown and is paralyzed with fear. However he is saved by the bell, literally. The five o'clock bell rings and snaps him out of it. When he looks up again in the clown's place there is a mummy. The mummy stumbles towards him he sprints out of there and doesn't stop until he is at his house. I don’t really understand why these incidents of a clown being stalkerish aren't being reported. There is usually some kind of an excuse but most of them don’t make me satisfied. The excuses make sense but still with all the murders or attempts something would have reported something right?

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While daydreaming about Beverly Marsh he feels a hand on his shoulder and this jumps him back to reality. To his unpleasant surprise, he ends up face to face with Henry just waiting to deal out a dishing. Henry and his grunts Victor and Belch pin him against a guardrail and Henry pull out a Buck knife. Then Henry begins to cut his name into Ben. This makes Victor and Belch uneasy and loosens their grip. Ben manages to use his weight to break the old guardrail and he falls down into the Barrens. I just like to note that there is a character called Belch it's kind of a weird tone shift into comedy but it's still a funny name so I'll let it slide. I decided to do some research on what a is Buck knife. A Buck Knife is an American knife manufacturer founded in San Diego, California and now located in Post Falls, Idaho.

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One thing that annoys me is that this book isn't in chronological order. It starts off as them all being adults and going by their daily lives when they get a call they start remembering back to the good old days. Now they are children again. It usually happens unexpectedly and out off nowhere. Sometimes it can take up to half a page to realizes these jumps. Also with them being children it kind of takes off the fear factor of any of the children dying because it is obvious they survive to adulthood. I'm sure there is going to a payoff of some sorts using this style. I guess it can be viewed as something good as well. I just wish the transitions were more obvious.

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While Ben is in the Barrens he hides from Henry underneath some tree’s roots. This works. However, there are some children who get caught in the blast of Henry’s anger. These children are stuttering Bill and Eddie. They unleash their anger on Bill and Eddie’s little dam. This makes Eddie upset and he insults. As expected Henry doesn’t appreciate this and punches Eddie. This triggers an asthma attack. After a while, Ben reveals himself to the boys. Bill asks him to stay with Eddie while he goes and gets asthma medication. Then we are revealed to his oversized bike that he calls Silver. This reminds me of the time when I went over to his house and we decided to go bike riding. The only problem is that I didn’t bring a bike so I had to use one of his family members bike. Please note that anyone from his family is taller me. This meant that I had to use an oversized bike. So I find his bike ride of near-death very relatable.

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Somehow Bill manages to make it to the drug store with only almost killing three old ladies. The next part is a really sinister part. Once Bill is inside the drug store he doesn’t even attempt to talk because of his stutter so once he passes his note to the Mr. Keene the druggist so he gives him an inhaler. Then Bill is off. When Bill leaves, Mr. Keene begins to smile because all that's in the inhaler is just HydrOx Mist. As the author said, “In other words, Eddie’s asthma medicine was tap water.” This is pretty deep because basically, Mr. Keene is scamming his family.