What are some of the subtexts in Carrie? What themes are present in the movie?

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Both the novel and the film versions of Carrie focus upon the issue of alienation in a young person. Carrie is bullied both at school by the other kids and at home by her mother. The mother, arguably, is the root of the entire problem with her religious fanaticism and anti-sexuality. The humiliation Carrie experiences in the shower after gym class when, due to her mother's total lack of preparing her, she's terrified at having her period and the other girls laugh at her, is what propels the main action of the story. Carrie is the Other in a surreal and literally supernatural sense, uncontrollably using telekinetic powers to enact vengeance on her tormentors.

All of this is not necessarily a subtext, however. It 's the obvious and explicit theme of the story, but underlying it we can detect more subtle and even equivocal behaviors involving hypocrisy and egotism. Both Sue (Amy Irving in the 1976 film) and Tommy (William Katt) are presumably the "good kids," though Sue has participated in the...

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