Study Guide

Carrie What's Up With the Ending?

By Stephen King

What's Up With the Ending?

We know, we know: we're sick of it too. But Stephen King does the whole "setting us up for a sequel" thing with the ending of Carrie.

Ugh. Why didn't he realize that he would only write one sequel in his entire, ridiculously prolific career (as of 2013, anyway), and it is not a sequel to Carrie? Why can't Mr. King be as weirdly psychic as a lot of the characters in Carrie turn out to be?

Fine. Truthfully, way King ends the novel is common to the horror story genre. You've seen Jason come out of the lake at the end of Friday the 13th, or the girl get carried away in the car at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street, haven't you?

Well, King includes a letter from a woman in Tennessee to her sister, in which the woman describes her young daughter. She's cute. Seemingly intelligent. Did we mention telepathic?

Throughout Carrie, King suggests that the birth of another child (and by child, we mean girl) with telekinetic abilities would be a disaster—one that might wipe another town off the map. However, we're left to wonder: is telekenesis inherently bad? Or is it women who are inherently evil—what, with their not being able to control their mood swings and all?

Is Stephen King actually saying that women with power are super scary and need to be stopped? Yikes.

And can't we simply prevent future catastrophes, like the obliteration of Chamberlain, by simply not being totally terrible to one another? Well. Unless King actually writes that sequel Carrie, we guess we'll never know.

Psych. (Teehee.) We're going with the love-and-kindness-and-peace answer. Because we hate sexism. And other evils.

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