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A Child Called "it" Author: David Pelzer

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Transcript of A Child Called "it" Author: David Pelzer

Catherine Roerva Pelzer
She always took care of her family and had ideas, but "her greatest asset was her determination" (18) She enjoyed cooking "new and exotic meals," and she was an " absolute clean friend." (19)
Personality Changes
She becomes quite and manipulative. When other children were over she " treated them like kings," but to David she was so cruel that it was like "living in a nightmare that mother had created." (38-39)
Stephen Joseph Pelzer
Author's Purpose
This story is not only to show that kind, loving parents can be cruel and abusive, but to also show that the human spirit can overcome anthing by will.
Major characters
David Pelzer
Catherine Roerva Pelzer
Stephen Joseph Pelzer
Authors Backround
David Pelzer is a survivor of child abuse, and a role model that has inspired those that have been a victim of child abuse. David is an example of a self-made man, who has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.
A Child Called "it" Author: David Pelzer
The story takes place in Daly City, California. David was between the ages four and twelve.
David Pelzer
David lives in a caring home until his mother begins abusing him. He is the sole victim of his mothers abuse, and is only able to withstand her cruel games through sheer determination. He finds strength in himself, throughout the situation seems hopeless.
Stephen show kindness towards David by giving him Christmas gifts against his wife's will. David looks towards him as protection but he " lacked the courage to rescue David" (134)
Stephen Pelzer
Catherine Pelzer
Young Stephen

Personality Changes
Stephen was powerless against his wife's abusiveness. He watched David get forced to swallow ammonia, and makes no attempt to intervene. He would "spend less time at home," but eventually he " didn't even come home."(101-103)

David promised himself the he would never let his mother have "the satisfaction of hearing him beg her to stop." (43)
David at one point began to thing the abuse was his own fault, and David "hated himself more than anyone or anything." (136)
Writing style
David used imagery to provoke readers into empathizing how he felt. He also used symbolism to represent the constant struggle he faced as a young boy.

When his arm is being burned he describes that his " skin seemed to explode" and he could " smell the scorched hairs." (41)

This story begins by explaining how happy the family was, but things took a turn for the worse. David's mother played cruel "games" to punish him.
David lost his faith in God by reasoning that "no God would leave him like this." (131) Towards the end David didn't have anyone to protect him, he whispered the Lord's prayer. Throughout his life his faith grew, and even said he had found strength in himself "knowing the good Lord was over his shoulder." (157)
Title Meaning
The boy was not treated like a human, and his mother thought of him as "a nobody or an "it" and even wished David " were dead." (140)
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