Jake Epping's Rabbit Holes

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If you could go back in the past and change just one thing what would it be? You have the opportunity to travel back to whatever time period you wish and make one major change in history. Many people I’m sure would choose to go back in time and stop Hitler. A noble idea but a somewhat bland one too. Stephen King no doubt would choose to go back and prevent the assassination attempt on JFK. King wrote a book about doing just that, and while that idea is interesting, the world King builds throughout his novel is much more interesting. Jake Epping is a 30 something English teacher when he discovers from a friend that there is a “rabbit hole” that leads back to 1958, five years before the assassination of JFK. Al, the friend of Jake, explains…show more content…
Upon arriving Jake sees a new man standing near the rabbit hole only this he has a green card in his hat. The green card man knows exactly what is going on, unlike his colleague. He tries to tell Jake to stop coming through the rabbit hole because of what is happening to time itself. The Green Card man, turns out, is a member of some sort of Time watch men. There isn’t a name for the group of organization he is in, only that he has been put in charge of fixing rabbit holes. The destruction Jake is causing in the timeline is beyond what any of the colored card men can comprehend. As it also turns out, Al and Jake were wrong about the rabbit hole and how it worked. Each time one of them would go back to 1958, it wasn’t resetting time, rather creating an entire new timeline. Each timelines complete history is being stored in the card men’s brains causing them to go insane. This is that delicious cherry on top of the sundae you ordered for after the main course. The Green Card Man tells Jake that if he resets the timeline one more time, or rather start one more new timeline, he thinks he can fix it. Jake agrees reluctantly, because he now realizes he can’t be with the love of his life…show more content…
Kings ability to end a novel and help you care for the characters has certainly grown over the years. In the Stand, which I will talk about more in detail in my pages about it, has characters that I fell in love with. Just not the same way I fell for Jake and Sadie. When my favorite characters died in The Stand, it didn’t really feel like a big deal. So much death happens in the novel, that a few more didn’t phase me. Even when my favorite character in the Stand was killed, it didn’t come close to the way I felt when Jake saw Sadie at 70 something years old in the year 2013. Sadie doesn’t even die in 11/22/63 after Jake fixes everything. It still feels like Jake lost something greater than what anybody in the Stand
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