Carrie Summary & Study Guide

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Carrie, by Steven King, is the story of a young girl and the sudden discovery of her telekinetic abilities. Carrie has been abused, both physically and emotionally, all of her life by her mother and her peers at school. Upon discovering her abilities, Carrie decides that she will make them all pay, and she does.

Carrie White was raised by her mother, Margret White. Throughout Carrie's life she was treated poorly and was regularly locked in the hallway closet to pray for her sins. When Carrie started school she was the constant target of ridicule and practical jokes. Carrie was seventeen when she started her first menstruation cycle in the girls shower room at her high school. All the girls in the shower room laughed at Carrie and threw tampons at her. When Carrie realized she was bleeding, she became frantic. The gym teacher, Mrs. Desjardin, was angry with Carrie for a moment until she realized Carrie had no clue what was going on.

With the arrival of Carrie's first menstruation cycle, she began to notice that she could make things happen, such as lights going out and an ash try that fell off a secure location. Carrie's mother comes home from work and is angry that Carrie has the curse upon her that all sinful women have and locks Carrie in the closet until Carrie asks for forgiveness for her sins.

Carrie begins to work with her ability to make things happen. Carrie just has to do a mental flex and she can levitate things. At first it is small things like her hair brush. These little things exhaust her at first, but within a few days Carrie can lift her bed with her on it and not get winded. Carrie has already begun to use her new abilities to stop her mother's abuse.

One of the girls at school, Sue Snell, that had made fun of Carrie in the shower room feels bad about what happened and convinces her boyfriend Tom Ross, to ask Carrie to the prom. Carrie accepts and goes to prom, but when she gets there she is the unfortunate one that is in the path of a deadly prank. Thinking it had been a trick from the front, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to lock everyone in the prom and begins killing. Carrie heads home, killing everyone in her path. When Carrie White reaches her home, her mother is waiting with a knife to kill her demon possessed daughter. She manages to stab Carrie, but before Carrie dies she kills her mother. Carrie dies scared and feeling alone in the arms of Sue Snell with Sue knowing that because of Carrie, Tom Ross is dead.

The State Investigation Board of Maine reports after an analysis of the events that lead up to the Carrie White telekinetic attacks that it was an isolated incident that couldn't happen again.

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