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.Continue Reading
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
The plot of the story "Dead Stars" revolves around the romantic relationships between the three main characters: Alfredo, Esperanza and Julia. The beginning of the story is dominated by the engagement between Alfredo and Esperanza. The rising action of the plot is Alfredo's inability to commit to marrying Esperanza as he constantly wrestles with his doubt over where his true feelings lie.Full Answer >
A cliffhanger in a story occurs when the author leaves the reader or viewer unsure of what happens to the main characters involved. The story ends suddenly, almost in mid-scene, with no real resolution to the plot. Cliffhangers are popular in books, television shows and movies where sequels are planned.Full Answer >
The characters in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" are Sanger Rainsford, General Zaroff, Whitney and Ivan. Sanger Rainsford is the protagonist, and General Zaroff is the antagonist in this story where big game hunting reaches a frightening level. Whitney is a character seen only in the beginning of the story as he is travelling with Rainsford, and Ivan is Zaroff's assistant.Full Answer >
The short story "The Dog of Pompeii" is historical fiction, meaning the story takes place in historical times, yet characters and plot elements are exaggerated or invented by imaginatively reconstructing historical events. In this case, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a real event, but the dog's story is fictionalized.Full Answer >