Pet Sematary Themes & Social Concerns

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Generally considered to be Stephen King's most frightening and disquieting work (a view which he himself apparently shares), Pet Sematary is also a relatively complex novel in terms of the diversity and intertwining of its various themes and social concerns. Since the core of the narrative involves that most basic of human attempts to interfere with the natural order - the recalling to life of those who have died — the seemingly timeless problem of distinguishing between the province of the gods and that of man — is immediately set squarely before the reader's eyes. As if to emphasize this distinction through dramatic counterpoint, King prefaces various sections of the novel with a number of New Testament quotations concerning Jesus's raising of Lazarus from the dead.

Further, by making his protagonist a man of science — in this instance a medical doctor — he echoes an essentially...

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