It

It

by

Stephen King

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Oscar “Butch” Bowers Character Analysis

A farmer and the father of Henry Bowers. He is mentally ill and beats his son and his wife, who leaves him after he nearly beats her to death. He is a World War II veteran who fought in the Pacific arena and retains a resentment of the Japanese. The rumor around town is that he returned from the war “crazy.” He owns one of two substantial farms in Derry—the other is owned by Will Hanlon. However, Butch’s mental illness causes his farm to fall into disrepair. Butch is also a racist who kills Will Hanlon’s chickens out of resentment for competition from a black man, and paints a swastika on the side of the chickenhouse.

Oscar “Butch” Bowers Quotes in It

The It quotes below are all either spoken by Oscar “Butch” Bowers or refer to Oscar “Butch” Bowers . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 21 Quotes

Bill marked it as a paper boat. Stan saw it as a bird rising toward the sky—a phoenix, perhaps. Michael saw a hooded face—that of crazy Butch Bowers, perhaps, if it could only be seen. Richie saw two eyes behind a pair of spectacles. Beverly saw a hand doubled up into a fist. Eddie believed it to be the face of the leper, all sunken eyes and wrinkled snarling mouth—all disease, all sickness, was stamped into that face. Ben Hanscom saw a tattered pile of wrappings and seemed to smell old sour spices […] Henry Bowers would see it as the moon, full, ripe…and black.

Related Symbols: The Paper Boat
Page Number: 1048
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Oscar “Butch” Bowers Character Timeline in It

The timeline below shows where the character Oscar “Butch” Bowers appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Derry: The Second Interlude
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...work on the matter. Sullivan finds out who killed Hanlon’s chickens and vandalized his coop: Oscar “Butch” Bowers . Mike Hanlon mentions how kids at school say Butch is crazy. Will agrees that... (full context)
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Sheriff Sullivan informs Butch Bowers that Will Hanlon does not want to press charges and only wants two hundred dollars... (full context)
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Will Hanlon cuts Butch Bowers off on Witcham Street by the trainyards and takes out his Winchester rifle. Will warns... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...Hills because he was sent there in 1958, after being convicted of killing his father, Butch Bowers . However, it was not only his father whom the authorities blamed Henry for killing.... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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...Club at this time. It is Mike Hanlon. Henry gets this hatred from his father, “Butch” Bowers , who associates the Hanlons with all of his failures. He tells Henry that Will... (full context)
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...dog dies, Henry Bowers removes the clothesline and tells his father what he has done. Oscar “Butch” Bowers is extremely crazy by this time and his wife will leave him a year later... (full context)
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...the barn and warns him to stay out of Henry’s way. He tells him that “Butch” Bowers is crazy and Mike says that he thinks that Henry is crazy, too. Indeed, because... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...up lighting each other’s farts because of Rena Davenport—a bean farmer who has been courting “Butch” Bowers . That morning, Henry eats “an enormous quantity of leftover beans.” By the afternoon, Patrick... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...Henry’s face—that of a badly used child. Henry grew up “within the contaminated radius of “Butch” Bowers ’s mind.” In a way, he belonged to It long before he knew that It... (full context)
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Back inside of the house, “Butch” Bowers is lying on the pallet in the bedroom that he shares with Henry. Henry places... (full context)