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The end of section two leaves readers with no clear plan of action, only with an impression. Charles was nearing death, and he was only able to step back from the edge when he looked and laughed at the insanity of all of life. He puts that theory into practice at least four more times: while killing the Dust Witch, while smashing the mirror maze, while killing Dark, and while reviving Jim.
The Dust Witch dies when she chokes on a bullet that Charles has carved
a smile on. The mirror maze almost defeats Charles by exaggerating his
age, but he is able to smash it and laugh through it when he realizes,
with Will’s help, that his age does not matter. Dark dies when Charles
holds him out of his comfort zone. He essentially hugs him to death. Charles
and Will are able to revive Jim by dancing, singing, and showing happiness.
It is only through their happiness that Jim wakes up and joins their merriment.
This story is told in the third-person omniscient point of view. That
means we have an unseen narrator who tells us not only the actions of
all characters, but also the thoughts of all characters. This omniscience
is necessary to this story because it allows us to see each character,
and how she/he reacts to the various good/evil forces in the text.
This conflict is continuously presented in the text. Will is incessantly described as full of light, while Jim is often characterized as living in darkness. Even Jim’s last name, Nightshade, is reflective of dankness. In chapter two, Charles describes the difference between “white-hat” books and “black hat books” for the boys, suggesting Jim enjoys darker, macabre books. It is also Jim who chooses to watch a couple engage in sexual activity through a window, an activity Will defines as dark. When Jim meets Dark, the carnival owner, he is dutifully impressed with his evil aura. Jim wants the blackness inside Dark. It simply scares Will, who at every point in the novel, wants nothing more than to go home, snuggle under his blankets, and forget the entire event ever happened.
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