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A Child Called "It"
Transcript of A Child Called "It"
Dave Pelzer " Even in its darkest passages,the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails." I chose this passage as my favorite passage from the novel because it really explains how the author was able to overcome his triumph of being abused. To me it means that no matter what happens, you can always get through it and come out a better you. Also while going through it, you can still be you. For me it evokes the image of somebody overcoming a great obstacle and being releaved and blissful from moving on. Grisly- causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome
"The more grisly my situation became, the more I felt as if some immense power were sucking me into some giant undertow. " It was hard to watch the movie because the scenes became so grisly. David Pelzer is the main character in this story. He is extremely brave and courageouse for having survived unthinkable torture and abuse his entire childhood. He is also an inspiration for having gone through the abuse he went through and not only surviving, but becoming a better person from it and helping others. An important value in this story is the will to survive. David went through things that were deadly and unimaginable to go through, yet he always came out alive. His will to survive helped him persevere through everything his mom put him through. For example, when his mom refused to give him food, he would steal food in order to eat and survive. And he did. On the left is an actual picture of David Pelzer from the story (his autobiography). I chose to add the picture to the right because I feel it represents David as a child. In this book he is constantly looking for protection from his mother through his father, school, even brothers at times. "Sitting on the far end of the couch was my hero." There's a scene in the book where right after David had been stabbed, he crawled into the living room from the kitchen. David had to take "short choppy breathes" as he made his way to the living room where his father was. Hoping his father would be his saving grace, he told him what his mother had done. But instead of helping, he simply told him to get back to work. Disappointed, David returned to the kitchen. "All my respect for Father was gone. The savior I had imagined for so long was a phony." The setting adds a vivid image of how his Father was when he responded to David's cry for help. A key symbol in the novel is the "Russian River". It's where his family used to take trips to and describes a perfect time in David's childhood. Later in the story he revisits this River and finds that the buildings have changed, like his family, but that the River remains the same. Just as he has stayed the same, and survived. I am most like David in this autobiography. He never
seemed to fully give up hope, and neither do I. He is extremely brave and courageous and at times I am as well. He is different from me though in the aspect that he doesn't necessarily trust people, whereas I do trust certain people. He has a poor relationship with his mother and father, whereas I have a strong relationship with my mother. But i also have a poor relationship with my father. He never gave up though, and that's what i strive to do, never give up. In this book, it describes abuse that is absolutley horrid. In our society today, it is estimated that one in five children are physically, emotionally or sexually abused in our country alone. And unfortunately, most of the public believe that most abuse is nothing more than parents exerting their "right" to discipline children and let it get out of hand. It is a growing problem, and these children that are being abused usually grow up with anger and may lash out. "The act worked. Mother can beat me all she wants, but I haven't let her take away my will to somehow survive." pg. 4
"Suddenly I began to realize the longer I could keep myself off the top of the stove, the better my chances were for staying alive." pg. 42
"I knew, for the first time, that I could survive. ... I wanted to scream, but I refused to give Mother the pleasure of hearing me cry. I stood tall." pg. 43
"I had bought a few precious minutes. I used my head to survive. For the first time, I had won!" pg. 42
"(his mom had been starving him) I started stealing food at school." pg. 48
"..I cleaned up my mess then half-walked, half-crawled to my assigned place at the foot of the staircase. Before I sat on my hands, I checked my shirt; only small drops of blood escaped the wound to the rag bandage. I willed the wound to heal. Somehow I knew it would. I felt proud of myself." pg. 98
A main theme in this story is the ability to overcome remarkable odds. The theme is depicted by David doing everything he can to survive, and surviving.