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Winstona KoromaEN-102/spring 2019Prof:PryorApril 20th, 2019ChristineChristine is another fractured “Cinderella” story, Carrie for boys. Arnie Cunningham, anearsighted, acne-scarred loser, falls “in love with” a car, a passionate (red and white) PlymouthFury, “one of the long ones with the big fins,” that he names Christine. An automotivegodmother, she brings Arnie, in fairy-tale succession, freedom, success, power, and love: a homeaway from overprotective parents, a cure for acne, hit-and run revenge on bullies, and a beautifulgirl, Leigh Cabot. Soon, however, the familiar triangle emerges, of boy, girl, and car, andChristine is revealed as a femme fatale—driven by the spirit of her former owner, a malcontentnamed Roland LeBay. Christine is the medium for his death wish on the world, for his all-devouring, “everlasting Fury.” LeBay’s aggression possesses Arnie, who reverts into an older,tougher self, then into the “mythic teenaged hood” that King has called the prototype of 1950’swerewolf films, and finally into “some ancient carrion eater,” or primal self. As automotivemonster, Christine comes from a variety of sources, including the folk tradition of the “death car”and a venerable techno-horror premise, as seen in King’s “Trucks” and Maximum Overdrive.King’s main focus, however, is the mobile youth culture that has come down from the 1950’s byway of advertising, popular songs, film, and national pastimes.While riding home from work with his friend, Dennis Guilder, nerdy teen Arnold“Annie” Cunningham spots a dilapidated red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury parked behind ahouse. Arnie makes Dennis stop so he can examine the car, despite Dennis attempts to talksAnnie out of it. The car owner, Roland D lebay, an elderly man wearing a back brace, sells the
car which he had named Christine to Arnie for 250 dollars .While waiting for Arnie forpaperwork, Dennis cysts inside Christine. He has a vision of the car and the surroundings as theywere 20 years ago, when the car was new. Frightened, Dennis get out of Christine, deciding hedislike Arnie new car. Arnie brings Christine to a do it yourself auto repair facility run by will

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Arnie, Christine, Plymouth Fury

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