The most difficult thing about the power haunt inquiry was trying to reign in all the ways that the single power haunt (in my case, the ATM) related to million other themes in the novel. The novel is so dense that a single paragraph can allude to millions of different ideas. It was also difficult to pin down exactly how the place was a “power haunt” or a “source.” Even Gladney himself didn’t really understand why certain things and places had a mystical, spiritual element to them. Trying to talk about all of these themes within a coherent argument with a logical structure was tough. Themes branch out and connect in non-linear ways.
In writing this inquiry, I ended up thinking about themes in the novel I hadn’t expected to discuss or even find in the passage I was analyzing. For example, I discussed a seemingly random line about the deranged man being escorted out of the bank within the paragraph in which Gladney discussed his ATM transaction. That led me to compare the state-mandated insanity of the crazies in the insane asylum and the zany citizens of Blacksmith who are allowed to roam free.