The man who loved flowers
“One person's craziness is another person's reality.” – Tim Burton. We people have a tendency to live our life in suffer for the past because it’s terrifying to face the truth. Unaware that it affects our fellow human beings. Stephen King’s short story “The man who loved flowers” manages to blur the lines between normality and insanity while digging down in the fear of love.
The story takes place on a sunny day in New York’ streets in the 1960’s. The protagonist is an unknown narrator who is an elegant young man with a grey suit on. In the beginning of the text is the atmosphere vibrant, idyllic and calm. Furthermore the protagonist approaches an old man who is selling flowers because he have to buy flowers to a girl called Norma. Besides the scenario describes the news on the radio about a serial killer who kills young ladies with a ...view middle of the document...
He's contently looking for "Norma" - the love of his life. But Norma died for several years ago. That’s why he goes wayward around and pretends that all the pretty girls’ he sees are his Norma. And when they confront him with that they are not, then he kills them. He lives therefore with an illusion of his dead love and anyone who denies that, he kills. His divided personality can compares to Tim Burton’ quote, because his craziness is truly other peoples reality/nightmare in this text. Stephen King justifies H.P Lovecraft old quote “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” Because actually we don’t know all people we meet, but we are categorizing them as good and as stereotypes. The scary thing is that we don’t know if they could be maniac killer the young man.
The story is built on a surprise-effect. Stephen king introduce the reader into a scenario that is so beautiful but also so dark in the same way. In the beginning of the text he is describes nearly everything very colorful and positive. He uses many adjectives as “perfect, lovely, white, red, , yellow, white, oranges”. That makes the atmosphere calm and good. After the sunlight goes down he makes the contrast clearly, and uses many adjectives and subjective as “stranger, trashcan, dark, shadow, hammer, blood”. The surprise-effect is that the confident, smooth and young guy is the killer.
Another fear that Stephen King evokes is the feeling of loosing someone that you love. It’s an innate fear, because it’s one the most preciouses things we humans can have– to love someone so much that you couldn’t live without them. Love hurts in many ways, and especially when it is gone. The main issue is the part where we people have to get over it. The point in the text is that we cannot ruin our life over a lost love. That’s symbolic of the “The young man” - who takes the part of loosing someone to the extreme.