The main character and author of the story "A Child Called 'It,'" is Dave Pelzer, and other chief characters include his mother Catherine Roerva Pelzer, and his father Stephen Joseph Pelzer. Other characters include his brothers Ron, Russell and Stan; his school principal Mr. Hansen; and his teachers Miss Moss and Mr. Ziegler.Know More
In the memoir "A Child Called 'It,'" Dave Pelzer explains that his mother was loving and kind until he was 4 years old, at which time she became depressed and began drinking excessively for some unexplained reason. Her abuse became more and more sadistic as time went by and continued until Dave was 12 years old. Her methods of abuse ranged from starvation and beatings to forcing Dave to drink ammonia. His brothers learned to hate him from their mother's example, and his father Stephen was often absent.
Although Stephen was passive about his wife's abusive behavior, he promised Dave that they would one day leave together. However, he eventually left on his own, leaving Dave with a feeling of betrayal and despair. Eventually, Dave's teachers caught on to the abuse, and he was taken from his mother and put into foster care at age 12. After growing up, marrying and becoming a father, Dave became the author of several successful memoirs and self-help books.Learn more about Fiction
Montag and Faber are characters in the book "Fahrenheit 451" and they devise a plan that involves planting books in the homes of firemen to help to discredit them and destroy censorship. The two have a radio earpiece that they call the "green bullet" and use so that they can talk to one another while Montag plants the books.Full Answer >
The East Egg is where the "old money" individuals live in the novel "The Great Gatsby," whereas "new money" characters who were not born with their riches live in the West Egg. Therefore, this distinction represents a divide between the upper classes in the book.Full Answer >
"The Old Curiosity Shop" is about Nell Trent and her grandfather, who remains unnamed in the story. Nell is an orphan living with her grandfather in his shop. When her grandfather unintentionally gambles the shop away, he and Nell are forced to travel and live as beggars.Full Answer >
The reason Gregor Samsa turns into a bug in Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" is never explained in the story. The story begins with Samsa waking up to find that he has turned into an insect. The rest of the book deals with his attempts to reconcile the fact that he is a human in an insect's body.Full Answer >