Children of the Corn — 40th Anniversary — 1978–2018

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CHILDREN OF THE CORN — 40th ANNIVERSARY — 1978–2018

https://www.academia.edu/41044347/CHILDREN_OF_THE_CORN_-_40th_ANNIVERSARY_-_1978-2018

THE AUDIOVISUAL SAGA

So, let’s start this exploration.

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN — 1984

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN II — THE FINAL SACRIFICE — 1992

The maize that all Americans call corn, the plant that gives popcorn, cornflour and many other products for animals or for humans, down to corn on the cob, and the bizarre and perverse role this corn cob plays in a famous novel by William Faulkner, Sanctuary, that I read when I was definitely not of age. The central criminal moment is summarized as follows by Wikipedia (slightly edited by myself to stay within the limits of decency: “But Popeye -and this one is not a sailor eating spinach straight out of the can-, who has obviously been devising a scheme, soon discovers them -Tommy and Temple- there -in a corncrib-. He murders Tommy with a gunshot to the back of the head and then proceeds to -take advantage of- Temple with a corncob.” […]

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KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN III — URBAN HARVEST — 1995

The younger one is Eli and the older one is Joshua. Two brothers with Biblical names and like the famous Hero Twins, the sons of the Maize god, one of the two is a lot closer to the Maize God and the other is sort of following his younger brother. It is, of course, an allusion to the Biblical Abel and Cain and a few other pairs of the type. The younger brother is Elias or Elijah, and in the Bible his career is astounding. No career in the Old Testament is more vividly portrayed or has as much appeal as that of the unique character of Elijah. The New Testament attests to his greatness and reveals what an indelible impression he made upon the mind of his nation. All we know of him before his dramatic appearance can be summed up in the words: “Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead” (1 Kings 17:1). Note here the initial of this place is the same as that of Gatlin, and Gilead was also used by Margaret Atwood in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, for the religious fanatic version of New York she describes. […]

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV — THE GATHERING — 1996

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN V — FIELDS OF TERROR — 1998

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN 666: ISAAC’S RETURN — 1999

Genesis 16 King James Version (KJV) The birth of Ishmael from Haggar

15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. 16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

Genesis 21 King James Version (KJV) The birth of Isaac and the ban of Ishmael and Haggar

1 And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac… 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac… 14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs… 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Genesis 22 King James Version (KJV) The sacrifice of Isaac

1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him… 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together… 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. […]

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN VII: REVELATION — 2001

Jamie arrives finds her grandmother missing, goes to the police where she meets a certain plainclothes officer Armbrister who does not react really. The following day, Jamie goes back to Armbrister. who has been doing some background checks on Jamie’s missing grandmother. He has learned that sixty years ago, Hattie Soames was a child involved with a children’s cult known as the Agents of Satan. The cult committed mass ritual suicide during a tent revival by setting themselves on fire. Hattie was the only one to survive. Jamie finds an old picture of her grandmother as a little girl with the cult leader, Abel. Armbrister agrees to accompany Jamie back to the apartment. […]

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN — 2009

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS — 2011

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STEPHEN KING — CHILDREN OF THE CORN — RUNAWAY — 2018

The Corn Story is a never-ending story.

Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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