Mr. Bob Gray of Derry sent Henry a switchblade. Bad idea. You can think of a scene as a story with a beginning, middle, and an end. . Something very akin to the sex scene happens at least two other times in the book. I buy the idea that it serves a purpose. If one believes in the principle "what goes around comes around," it makes sense Eddie is the one to kill Henry Bowers. It also says a lot about King's gendered characterisation. Buy him a drink and he'll talk books all day. I don't think you're making a bad choice by skipping something that's guaranteed to push your buttons. spooky 1 book view quotes : Sep 18, 2016 09:50PM. By 1:15 a.m. on May 31, 1985, each of the Losers in the library has finished relating his or her memories. Chapter 14, - In the movie, the Losers have no trouble exiting the sewer system after their battle with It. Course Hero. It’s been a few years since the movie came out and I Have no interest in seeing it with or without the child sex scene. From a narrative standpoint, the encounter makes sense because it adds momentum for Bill to save Audra's life and assuage his guilt in the closing chapters. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal for the reviewer. Let’s start with the idea that we don’t really remember childhood. 5 Feb. 2021. I'd like to think that popular opinion is somewhere between Hendrix's (smart) and mine (dum-dum). If you read IT as a book about the things we fear being the things that become our strengths, or as proffering the idea that confronting our fears is the only way to move from childhood to adulthood, then it makes a certain sense that sex is a necessary component of the book. Usually, the scenes within a chapter are related. Or the fact that they play up the perv factor with characters who either weren't pervs in the book or it was just hinted at with little to no confirmation. Pennywise taunts Mike when he calls for help; the only indication anyone hears Mike's cries comes when Henry hears a siren heading toward the library. Unable to reconcile the training he's etched into his life to protect himself from his leperousy and this dream existence where he's been cured of it, he decides it must be a dream and in a fit of rage (and lust as a result of his first sensation of physical arousal in 10 years), he attacks the first person that befriended him in a wildly misguided attempt to break the "delusional dream" that he now feels trapped in. ... How would filmmakers grapple with the book's strange, graphic, and chapter-long orgy scene between pre-teens? 98 professional critics reviewed this film and not one mentioned how awkward this was to watch. And we have the scene where a group of kids, hopelessly lost in a sewer, figure their way out of the sewer and create a connection that allows them, unlike all the other adults in Derry, to remember Pennywise as adults. Chapter Summary for Stephen King's It, part 5 chapter 19 summary. Nightmares dreamscapes is ed or ranked 4 on the most messed in 2016 king made a post on his site explaining why he included the scene book i wasn t really thinking of ual aspect it page s hen king s it has a very graphic child y scene. Between the movie adaptations and the book’s title, it’s difficult to prove definitively that this critique didn't exist at the time. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood—1958 and Grown Ups. After their strange sewer orgy, they're united enough to make it out. Second, the book is about taboo, and the way that taboo things permeate our lives, are always there and only sometimes visible. "It Study Guide." It's a very WTF moment in what is otherwise a really good read. Chapter 21, - Most modern critics would find the sex scene problematic. Copyright © 2016. I think it’s tough to have a book today where this sex scene goes down the way it does and not have it come under heavy criticism. She engages despite their protests. The scene was cut from the new movie but Stephen King has spoken out to … Once the bullies are gone, Beverly and Ben race to town to find the others. Course Hero. I’m not one who often says something could be dumbed down, but if this scene had been dumbed down, it would’ve been easier to understand why it was happening when it was happening and in the way it was happening. Henry tested the knife that morning by flicking it open into his sleeping father's neck. It comes down to the individual. Correspondingly, what happens in the sewers in IT book? I enjoyed your analysis of the scene. He calls Bill's room for help. I don't know if this is such a good idea." I'm not weighing in on this being a bad or good thing. He wants to see if she is "intact," meaning he wants to check if she still has her hymen, a part of a woman's sexual organs usually broken during her first sexual intercourse. The sex scene definitely goes against what I think about when I hear the theme song for Happy Days. I think Bev is what King wants a girl to be.... but for an actual girl she doesn't make much sense. After they take on Pennywise and are trying to exit the labyrinthian sewers, Eddie, the group’s guide, starts losing his preternatural navigation abilities. It does work inasmuch as it demonstrates that things that feel just plain wrong are all around us all the time. Upload them to earn free Course Hero access! Chapter 4, - The request for such an exam is incredibly invasive and reads as a precursor to other violations. “I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it,” King wrote in 2013 . Course Hero, Inc. As a reminder, you may only use Course Hero content for your own personal use and may not copy, distribute, or otherwise exploit it for any other purpose. Buy him two and he'll be happy to tell you about the horrors of being responsible for a public restroom. Chapter 3, - Some people will hate it, but like the book in spite of it. In 1985 Eddie inflicts permanent damage on Henry. Find a summary of this and each chapter of It! The question wouldn't be about whether or not the sex scene is problematic. It would be about whether or not it's problematic enough to ruin the entirety of the book. Sigh. Chapter 13, - Web. It's a disturbing and depressing message, and it's a message I don't love. Belch gives Henry a list of the Losers' names and room numbers at the Derry house, saying, "Just shut up and get them.". It's a pretty contentious part of the book, and many feared it would somehow make it into the film. By that I mean, we are presented with a scenario where something that's generally positive is possible because of something terribly, horribly negative. I was ten when I read the book the first time, and my views on it have changed. I think that’s what King was going for. It's both literal and figurative, the way things work in IT: You might be able to do something good, but in order to do it, you're going to have to make your way through the sewer. Yes, you could sling a fishing pole over your shoulder and head down to the creek. With serious spousal abuse. Dean 83 books view quotes : Jul 13, 2016 04:40PM. My questions. Henry Bowers breaks in and attacks Mike with a knife. Chapter 11, - For myself, but also in Stephen King’s case. "Besides Georgie in the sewer, I think it’s the one scene that everybody kind of brings up and it’s such a shame. It’s your role to prevent things like this from happening, step in when you see something remotely this bad happening. Which is to say, I doubt that children having sex with each other was no big thing in the 80’s, but maybe a horror novelist putting a sex scene between fictional kids deep into an overly long book wasn’t the thing it is today. I read the book when I was either 15 or 16 and it is actually the very last Stephen King story that I read. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. I HATED the film. Obviously I can't say, in an objective way, whether or not something "works.". How many kids lose their virginity without either being raped, or because they wanted to have sex?! The sex scenes begin in that chapter on page (1035). Chapter 19, - Al has seen his daughter solely through the lens of her future as a sexual being, which means he may have thought about her in a sexual way even without the influence of It. I first read the book when I was 12, and the scene, while confusing, didn't disgust me. What do I buy and not buy about this, personally? Bill convinces them to return to the Barrens and confront Henry's crew. After, I read everything I could get my hands on by him.