Perspectives

Literary perspective

Stephen King’s literature typically falls into a number of different categories: thriller, horror, science fiction, and even crime fiction. The short story “The Man Who Loved Flowers” falls into the categories of thriller and crime fiction, but also includes horror elements.

The thriller genre’s main characteristics are creating suspense, but it also includes surprise elements. Most thriller elements in “The Man Who Loved Flowers” are included in the second part of the story. For example, ellipses create suspense and the surprise element is that the woman he calls Norma is not Norma, leading to the man killing her. Thrillers often feature characters that are serial killers, just like the young man in King’s story.

Crime fiction is a literary genre that explores only plots involving crimes and criminals and their motives. “The Man Who Loved Flowers” is a story in which the protagonist is a criminal and the main event is a murd...

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