The Girl Who Loved Tom
Gordon By Stephen King
by Jessica Parra
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Allusion to The Lord of the Flies?
Pg 171- "Wasp Priest", I am not sure if it is an allusion to another novel
but "Wasp Priest" for some reason reminds me
of " The Lord of the Flies"
V.C. Andrews (pg 61)
She generally writes about
tragedies and horrible
situations, This fits in with the atmosphere of the novel
She tries to be positive and
hopes she will be found
"Count your blessings." Trisha is trying to
hold onto her hope and says this to herself
Trisha is walking through a
forest trail with her mom and
She is annoyed of her mother and brother
fighting so she decides to wander off the trail to
She decides to take a shortcut
back to the trail and ends up getting
She wanders through the forest
by herself looking for food
She soon realizes that there may be an animal
following her. He is leaving dead animals in his
She is becoming increasingly scared
and losing her hope of getting rescued.
She listens to her walkman and dreams of her
hero Tom Gordon to help her to cope with her
She finally comes face to face
with the animal that was following
her: a black bear
Some nearby hunters shoot the
bear and save her
Trisha's Reactions To Getting Lost
When that fails, she starts
imagining the worst- her death.
Trisha decides she will not be rescued any time
soon so she starts to make her supplies last
longer and look for food
"Now back to the shittiest day
a little girl ever had..."
"She was unaware she was sobbing..." This
quote displays just how weak and vulnerable she
" 'Lost and sitting in my own crap, ' Trisha said.
She began to cry again, then also to laugh as it
struck her funny."
"I'm going to die in the woods."
Point of View
Third Person Omniscient
The Forest: a dark, gloomy setting
Most of the book is vivid and
dense descriptions of the forest
Trisha finally faces the monster animal, It is a North American black bear. She is braver than ever and even
taunts the bear to kill her.
Forest: the darkness that people go through and how they feel. Forest sets for a dark tone in the
novel and provides a dark, dramatic setting.She could have gotten lost in a city, but it would not
have provided same atmosphere
Bear: The actual problem that keeps following a person around and constantly lingers
The bear followed Trisha around the entire time
Climax: Bear vs. Trisha
The problem is finally faced
Tom Gordon: Represents "the light."
What helps someone get through
The vulnerability of human beings
To her childhood and life as if
she is going to die