Quarter 3 Independent Reader
The Theme of Being Trapped or Powerless in Horror Stories
The Theme of Becoming Trapped
The Jaunt - Stephen King
This relates to the overall theme of being trapped, but in this case it is focused around the idea of being trapped alone, in nothingness, for millions of billions of years - eternity even.
Autopsy Room Four - Stephen King
This relates to the theme of being trapped, because in this story, the narrator is conscious, but unable to move or tell anyone he is alive as he slowly awaits been cut open alive. This is another type of being trapped, because while he is still alive, surrounded by people, he is unable to communicate in any way that he can still feel pain, and probably wouldn't appreciate being cut up.
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison
This ties in with the other themes of becoming trapped, relating to both Autopsy Room Four's and The Jaunt's forms of being trapped. Like in Autopsy Room Four, both characters are unable to do anything, awaiting torture, while the son in The Jaunt and the survivor are both trapped for eternity. Personally, this is the most horrific form of the theme of being trapped, being trapped for eternity, unable to do anything, awaiting endless torture.
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