It/Pennywise The Clown

Stephen King


The book is about a strange alien creature that people call "It".It takes the form of a clown named Pennywise. The story begins with a boy name George who dies in the hands of the clown.Later 7 children are involved with the clown and think they get rid of it. When the children grow up and are adults and it comes back for them. It comes back as their worst fears and tries to get them.The adults start to think back to their childhood and it effects them mentally. It ends with the children killed it,losing some friends in the process.


"It" represents peoples need to face their fears. Everyone always says you should face your fears but, that is easier said than done. It is able to shape shift in to it's Most effective way of terrorizing the people he comes across. Forcing you to go up against your biggest fear. Obviously it will not go down with out a fight so, beating " it " would be you beating your biggest fear. In the book it says, "but a spider was, after all, only a spider. Perhaps at the end, when the masks of horror were laid aside, there was nothing with which the human mind could not cope." so if a spider is Bens biggest fear, and he takes out that estimated 10ft spider. Then it is most likely that ben will not be nearly as scared of a normal spider. Making "it" a way of people to face/cope with their fears.

Pennywise (the clown)

Pennywise represents childhood innocence, because when he comes after George, he is being nice and playful and offering cottoncandy and cute circus like things. Yet after that scene Pennywise isn't seen again. Once Bill grows up and all his friends are older Pennywise doesn't come back, so we assume that their childhood/innocence is gone. But a soon as the kids come back together as adults pennywise comes back and brings back their memories as a child. Bringing back the memories of the clown hurting them and acting like they were as child.


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