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[school-discuss] The Dead Zone - Stephen King : class notes & projects
11-08-2002 mike eschman etc ... http://www.etc-edu.com "Not just an
The Dead Zone..
Directed by David Cronenberg
Stephen King (novel)
Christopher Walken is a teacher (7-8-9th grade?) in a mid-west public school.
He is in love with another young teacher at the school, and is popular with
They leave school together, marriage plans are discussed. It is raining.
A truck driver falls asleep at the wheel. His tanker of milk fills the
Christopher Walken strikes the tanker in his VW Beetle, and wakes up 7 years
His love is the mother of another man's child, and he is alone with his
Christopher Walken discovers a power of "Second Sight" - he can 'see' the
memories of objects
and places. At a press conference, he confronts a reporter with memories of
his sister's death.
The reporter lashes out at Christopher Walken. It's on TV and Christopher's
mom sees it.
It kills her, so Chris is alone with his father. He helps solve some murders,
and moves away, to live alone and have some peace. People want his help.
Kids still love Chris, so he has a private tutoring pratice - his only contact
with the world.
A rich guy comes by and asks for help. Chris (aka "Johnny") leaves his home
to go see the man's son.
They become great friends. Johnny sees danger in the boy's future. In the
end, the boy's ok.
Johnny has found his "dead zone". It's where he can see a flaw, a place where
the future can be changed.
Johnny has discovered a 'sight' into the future.
He has a chance meeting with a politician, and 'sees' the man starting WW III.
He also learns he is dying.
I hope that gives an idea of how the movie moves forward in time. Now I have
some questions of you :
(1) Based on these few words, what are johnny's options ?
(2) Could you write a scene, say, between johnny and the boy - the one who
became his friend after
he moved away to live alone?
(3) what do you think the boy looks like [from these few words]?
(4) How do you feel Christoper Walken does as johnny[see the movie] ?
Let's play a game.
let's build this story from our insides out.
write something and send it back.
mike eschman, etc ...
"Not just an afterthought ...