Fear is one of the main themes in the short story “The Raft” by Stephen King. The narrative itself is focused on the fear the characters have of the monster, and how this fear grows with each of the characters dying.
Initially, Rachel’s death shocks the other three characters, as they were not expecting the “oil stain” to be as dangerous as it turned out to be, but with each of the other characters being devoured, the monster is growing larger and smarter, so the chances for survival decrease. The aim of the story is to instill this fear into the reader as well. In this way, it becomes the perfect horror story.
The monster can only kill by physical contact, but because Randy, Deke, Rachel, and LaVerne have chosen to isolate themselves on the raft, and ...