A Testament to the Power of Resilience and Friendship Portrayed in Stephen King’s The Institute


  • Dr. A.J Manju
  • Anas P M




Children, Resilience, Institute, Friendship, Friends


We all face Hardships and difficult situations in our life. It’s all about the ups and downs in our day to day life. During these times we may be feeling exhausted and worried. But all that matters is that what we have learned from that tough situation. Resilience is defined as how we bounce back quickly from a difficult situation. The power of resilience arises when we face situational problems, major life problem and day to day problems. Friends are a major element in comforting us during our difficult times. Friends bring more happiness to our lives than virtually anything else. Friendships have a huge impact on our mental health and happiness. Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and joy, and prevent loneliness and isolation.

The Institute (2019) is a science fiction horror novel written by Stephen king. It is one of his terrifying novels yet. Many of his works are transformed into movies and television series. The main focus of this novel is on the power of resilience and friendship among the children who are being kidnapped from their homes and being held captive under a sinister establishment called The Institute. The story is written by taking the ideas of a fictitious child abusing institution where gifted children from all over the country are taken in and they are being forced to undergo atrocious medical experiments. Most of the children have super powers of Telepathy or Telekinesis. That’s the reason they are all here in the Institute. The authorities in the Institute want the children to master their powers so that they can be used in wars. There is no hope of escape for the children, yet they are all finally escaped by the power of resilience and friendship shown by Luke Ellis, the main character in the novel and his friends.


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Author Biographies

Dr. A.J Manju

Associate Professor and Head

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., B.Ed.,

Sree Narayana Guru College

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Anas P M

M.Phil Scholar

Department of English

Sree Narayana Guru College

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India


Stephen King’s The Institute published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd London, 2019




How to Cite

Manju, D. A. ., & P M, A. (2021). A Testament to the Power of Resilience and Friendship Portrayed in Stephen King’s The Institute. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(11), 63–70. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i11.11209