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The Wendigo appears in two quite different realms in Pet Sematary Louis first meets it in the dream land beyond the deadfall where its forms are somewhat vague and mythical He later meets it in the ordinary world where it inhabits the body of his dead two-year-old son Gage The dream land occurs in a physical setting as well as in Louiss dreams It is the realm of the Indian Woods where the Micmac Burial Ground is King sets up this wilderness carefully It is said to be haunted to evade ownership to be a place where one can easily get lost to have vague perhaps non-existent boundaries Pascow tells Louis to remain on the pastoral side where the scenery is beautiful family is unified and even children learn to accept death as final 87 When Louis sees the Wendigo in the wilderness and again later in a nightmare it is a grotesque laughing god a face with up-tilted yellowish-gray gleaming eyes mouth drawn down in a rictus lower lip turned out blackish-brown worn down teeth rams horns for ears black pulsing veins in the lips flared nostrils expelling white vapors a long pointed dirty-yellow scaled and peeling tongue with a white worm underneath it 362 390 This realm then is a physically existing dream land like Goodman Browns forest where the dark man waits to welcome erring humans into his fellowship And like Hawthornes forest the Indian Woods exists at two levels as an actual place and as the realm of nightmares where humanitys darker fears take physical form and from which they threaten to escape if encouraged Within the world of the novel the Wendigo is physically confined to the wilderness unless someone buries a dead being especially a human being at the Micmac Burial Ground Then the Wendigo may send a physical manifestation of itself into the outer world by inhabiting the body of the dead one If the dead one
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