11/22/63: A Novel - Part 1, Chapters 3-4 Summary & Analysis

King, Stephen
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In Chapter 3, Jake sat down with Al and sensed he knew what the man wanted him to do. Al explained he believed it was assassinations that kicked off great, but often detrimental, changes in history. He believed if the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy was stopped, Jake could also be responsible for changing history. Al confided in Jake that if the plan went wrong, he could go back again and change things; every return to the past was a reset.

Al next explained the butterfly effect to Jake. A small thing, like a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world could cause huge calamity further down the line. Al reasoned that while most people used this theory to explain bad things happening, he believed the butterfly effect could also bring about good changes. He supposed Martin Luther...

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