What Is The Irony In Stephen King's It

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Stephen King’s IT tells the story of Pennywise the clown that terrorises the town of Derry by murdering children. Seven children, all considered outcasts, choose to destroy the monster.

IT: Georgie and the drain.

This is the very beginning of the story and the tone is set rather quickly. Bill made his little brother George a boat so he could take it outside to ride along with the stream on the street caused by the heavy rain. The fact that George’s death would come that day has already been clarified so the scene is the build up to it. Georgie is running along with the boat as he suddenly finds that there is a gutter up ahead which would suck the boat up so George runs faster. He falls and sees the boat disappear. As he walks towards the gutter he finds there to be two yellow eyes. Suddenly it appears to be a clown, holding a set of balloons and George’s boat.
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He repeats George as he says ‘I sure do’ trying to identify with George. Pennywise tells that the wind ‘bleeeew’ him and the circus away, this implies the way Pennywise speaks all throughout the conversation, that he stretches his words and sentences in a theatrical way. Calling out every color of the balloons is very childlike as if the person in front of you cannot see it himself. George interrupts him then, asking if the balloons float. This is a trigger of a word that is not only said frequently in this passage, but also throughout the book, “they all float” will come back many times. Making the word cursive implies that Pennywise puts impact on that word, after saying it many times, it starts to become dark. Floating could mean death, because it suggests silence in movement, Pennywise will also soon say that George will float down there as well, meaning his lifeless body wil be down in the
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