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In various works of fiction many similarities and differences can be found within novels of the same genre In Carrie by Stephen King Carrie White is a mysterious young girl who is an outsider at school She possesses telekinetic powers which she eventually uses to attain revenge on her classmates In Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson Tom Wallace lives an ordinary life until a chance event awakens psychic powers he never knew he possessed He begins being able to see into peoples minds and in the end he ends up discovering the true murderer of a lady named Helen Driscoll whose ghost keeps visiting him during the hours of darkness Both characters have supernatural abilities however they contrast each other in the way that Tom uses his powers for the sake of good while Carrie uses hers for the sake of evil furthermore the novels are similar in the way that both contain characters which appear innocent but in reality hold dark secrets which deeply affect others and lastly both works contain numerous allusions to a variety of Shakespearean works The contrast of good versus evil is evident throughout both pieces of literature In Carrie Carrie uses her paranormal abilities to get vengeance on her classmates who taunt her and eventually push her over the edge on prom night It was time to teach them a lesson Time to show them a thing or two King 193 Carrie can no longer stand the Salvador 2 abuse and finally loses her sanity This is significant because it is the teasing and the anguish that Carries classmates put her through which cause her to go on a destructive rampage throughout the town This is her attempt at putting everybody through the torment which she was put through In Stir of Echoes Tom conducts the use of his powers in a much more positive way Toms
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