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Comparing Timmy Baterman to Gage Creed

Discussion in 'Pet Sematary' started by jujuhound, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. jujuhound

    jujuhound New Member

    A resurrected Timmy Baterman spends roughly a week walking around Ludlow and living at home with his father. Yet he doesn't kill anybody.

    Gage Creed was resurrected for a few hours only to seek out and kill Jud, wait for Rachel then kill her and wait for Louis in an attempt to kill him. Gage/The Wendigo would have viewed Jud as a real threat and wanted revenge from before, which takes him out of the picture but doesn't quite explain being aggressive against Louis or Rachel.

    What reason could explain why Timmy never killed Bill Baterman at the very least?
     
  2. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    He was dead longer before being enchanted and brought back to life. I think...
     
  3. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    “The ground is sour.”
    Can’t expect the unholy force at work there to adhere to any predictable pattern.
     
  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I believe Jud Crandall tells Louis that Timmy Bateman was the first person buried in the Mic Mac burial ground (that he was aware of) and that the dead "were not the same" when they returned. We know that demons or unclean spirits speak through the reanimated corpses and they know things but we are never given a reason for this abomination, as Jud calls it. "Death is a mystery", King says in the beginning of the book. He also alludes to the stupidity or vacuous nature of evil, it (at least to King) is a mindless force whose greatest objective is not always to kill but to cause torment. Baterman torments his father and others because the demon wants to torment; if Jud hadn't devised a plan to stop it I think Timmy would have eventually turned homicidal. I agree with ghost19 and mal, too, it's probably a combination of these things but not a flaw in the story. The power working through Gage probably had its own agenda although we are never given a reason. My belief is it was the pendulum of revenge swinging back on the mortals who decided to tamper with God-like powers and mysteries. Death is a mystery.
     
  5. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    This is my favorite King novel. I noticed it ranked among your top five. Welcome, Juju.

    StephenKingPetSematary.jpg
    The greatest cover, too.
     
  6. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I am a Christian and I believe Jesus' claim that He was the Resurrection and our hope for life after this world, but Louis had no such conviction (he was a doctor, not a man of faith. He could've been both, of course, but King's novel is purposely cold, detached, Shakespearean...like Macbeth) and as a doctor he is naturally intrigued by the science of the burial ground, especially when he sees the result of Ellie's cat return from the grave. It is his clinical mind (as well as the blinding pit of grief) that allows him to be lured back to do what he knows is wrong. At the last page, the only answer the reader has to all these questions is the cold, cruel maw of the grave itself.
     
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  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...damn fine explanation sir!.....
     
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  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....possibly a twisted gratitude from the Wendigo, for giving it a vessel to put to it's own evil ends....the earth was sour long, long before the Creed family showed up....and Timmy's story became a hushed cautionary tale even after Papa had killed both his "son" and himself while the fire consumed both....
     
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  9. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Thanks, GNT.
     
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