Friendship is at the heart of Something Wicked This Way Comes. Two adolescent boys, Jim and Will, struggle together against evil, a fight that tests their friendship. As the novel continues, the differences between the two boys are further highlighted, and the threat they will grow apart looms over the reader. This is one conflict that, unlike the central good vs. evil conflict, is not resolved at the end of the story. The reader is left uncertain as to what the future holds in store for this friendship between two very different boys.
Will and Jim's constant fights over whether or not to ride the carousel reflect a deeper disagreement about the desirability of maturation.
Will and Jim represent the two halves of human nature.