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CRITICISM-SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
The fact that Charles believes the boys’ story is another strong turning
point in the text. The boys need help, and belief, for them, is the first
step. At the end of the chapter, Charles admits that though he does not
hold a strong belief in himself, he does seem to be there to help the
boys. The story Charles relates of the autumn people is the first step
in helping the boys understand the carnival and human nature.
Will mentions that Charles has always been helpful to the boys, but
Charles refutes that. He feels as if he’s a fool, constantly looking out
to what see what will be instead of what is. The carnival, Charles says,
feeds on fools like himself. Will feels as if it’s hopeless, and Charles
says that the mere fact they’re worrying about it means it’s not. Charles
philosophizes that had man wanted to stay evil, he could have. Instead
he discovered love, and civilizations slowly emerged. As a result, they
are creatures that know too much and have a choice whether to laugh or
cry. The carnival moves in to feed on tears. Charles pauses as the boys
mention how great his speech is. He resumes, trying to convey the power
of love to them. He strains for the right words and the proper analogy
and says that all men have women in common. He stops, and Will’s eyes
beg him to continue, and it is clear that both boys feel that Charles’
voice alone will save them. Charles goes on to say that only really knowing
is good. He feels they have about two hours before the carnival will pay
them a visit. The boys ask who Cooger and Dark truly are, and Charles
says it’s possible that the men are anyone who suffered years ago. Nightmares,
pain, and fear are something they now feed on and have throughout time.
The boys realize that with the carousel, Cooger and Dark could be immortal.
Halloway, at Jim’s prompting, says that hurt fuels the carnival. They
need pain, sorrow, and sickness. Charles goes on to say he knows this
information because he can feel it.
Charles has spent years waiting to impart the philosophy he is now sharing with the boys. He has spent most of his life talking to himself about the theories, and the boys are amazed to realize the grandeur of his speech. They feel that his speech can save them. In imparting Cooger and Dark’s probable history, Charles makes it clear that evil has been around for all of time, and these two men are simply a product of that. All three know the carnival is coming for them, and Charles only hopes his message about love will save the boys. It is now clear that good versus evil will be the overpowering theme throughout the end of the story.
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