The Running Man Analysis

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Stephen King’s “The Running Man” is a very tough book to summarise. There are many things that happen throughout it, but due to the nature of the situation, in the end everything around Ben Richards gets destroyed, causing many things that may seem to be key events to have very little impact on the ending of the story. The basic story, removing all of these elements, is that a man named Ben Richards is living an impoverished life in some random town in the U.S., and signs up for a death game called The Running Man to make a whole bunch of money so he can get his daughter’s pneumonia treated. The whole idea of The Running Man is that a man goes on the run for 30 days from the authorities and a group of people called the hunters who are chasing…show more content…
At the start of the book, Ben is a racist man. When he was doing various tests to see if he was fit to sign up for The Running Man, he was asked to do some word association. When the doctor said”’Doctor.’ ‘Nigger,’ Richards responded”(34). When Killian was interviewing Richards, he was looking over his record, and states “‘you held racial responses outlawed by the Racial Act of 2004’”(50). The thing is, Richards grows as a character when he meets Bradley, a black man who really helps him out. Bradley gave Richards a ride to Manchester, and got him a car, a disguise, and a place to stay as well. Richards, although at first he didn’t particularly care for the fact that he was stuck with Bradley and his family, he listened to Bradley talk about how awfully polluted the air was and how Richards could help raise awareness about this by talking about it on the tapes he sends in. On The Running Man, a contestant is required to record and mail in two tapes to be shown to the public as they are being updated on the hunt for the contestant. This situation helped Richards to bond with Bradley, causing him to grow as a person in how he became less ignorant towards colored folks. Another way in which Richards displays the caring side of himself is in how he treats Amelia, his hostage. Even though Richards had every reason to hate her due…show more content…
He changes dramatically throughout this novel, going from ignorant to caring to sociopath, and the path he takes to reach all of these points is fascinating. As Ben travels across the U.S., he meets new people and learns to care about them and just care more about people in general. That is, until he learns of his family’s death, which is when he goes insane. Ben Richards grows to become a genuinely good person who seems to care about not only those close to him but the general populous as well, and then later devolves into someone who cares about no one and who’s only goal in life is to get
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