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We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Transcript of We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
"But The Avenger has seen it all..." Summary of the Story The story starts off in the small town of Burnside, inside the Jerome family house. Inside, teenage vandals trash the house, making sure not to break any windows, but destroying the rest. Amidst all the action, Kate, the youngest daughter of the family, is pushed down the stairs, and placed in a coma. However, a person that calls himself 'The Avenger' witnesses what happens from outside of the house; he promises to avenge what happened that night.
The story veers into the different perspectives of various characters, mostly the perspectives of 'The Avenger,' Jane Jerome (Kate's sister), and Buddy Walker. The story narrates in the perspective of 'The Avenger.' It paints a back-story that ultimately leads to the climax. It illustrates the previous murders and schemes of 'The Avenger.' The story continues. While the Jerome family strives to find the culprits, Jane's life continues, different from before. She realizes that her old friends do not understand her. She lives in sadness, but tries to cope with it, maintaining her emotions bottled up inside her. This escalates when the headlines comes out saying that she had given the key of the house to Harry Flowers, the ring leader of the vandals. It was this event that got Buddy regretting his actions; he watched Jane and eventually met her, thus sparking a relationship. She begins spending more time with Buddy. Meanwhile, 'The Avenger' dogs her steps, stalking her, finding information about the vandals. When he sees her with Buddy, he is disgusted and vows to turn his revenge upon her as well, for her treason to the house. Then the climax is reached. Kate comes out of her coma, which is not good for Buddy, who still had not told Jane the truth. One day, a boy Amos Dalton lures Jane Jerome into a secluded house where she finally meets 'The Avenger.' She is taken hostage. It turned out that 'The Avenger' was none other than Mickey 'Looney.' He ends up telling all the truth to Jane, to her dismay, and Jane cunningly makes him feel guilty. Then, tormented by his emotions, 'The Avenger' took his own life. Buddy Walker is also one of the main characters. He was there in the house when it was trashed. He feels guilty and very often took to drinking in order to cope with an emptiness inside of him. He meets Jane Jerome and falls in love with her. However, he does not tell Jane the truth, ultimately ruining his relationship with her. The story also follows the footsteps of Jane Jerome and how she copes with Kate's condition. In the story her struggle is shown as she starts to see the world differently. She has an emptiness in her that she eventually fills up with the relationship between her and Buddy Walker. However, little does she know that Buddy was one of the trashers. After the trashing early in the novel, Jane feels bad about arguing with her sister. A lot of thoughts come to her about her relationship with Karen. Due to the incident in the house and Karen's coma, Jane’s behavior changes. She does not feel as comfortable in her home. Then she goes out with Buddy Walker. She allows him to kiss her, hug her, caress her. She thinks that when she's with Buddy everything is wonderful and her troubles go away, but little does she know he was one of the trashers. This however, is not the case. While desperately trying to cope with the incident of his father moving out and him not telling Jane about the trashing, Buddy struggles to find comfort and support. For some time it seems as though Buddy finds these things amongst a groups of individuals. These individuals however, do not offer Walker true companionship, but instead offer him the temptation and consolidation found within alcohol. Due to her problems in her life, she became more isolated from the world. She no longer socialized as she did. I believe that one of her coping mechanisms was going to the mall. Throughout the story, Jane is there as well as with Kate in many instances. This is partially due to the fact that she doesn't feel safe in the house anymore. 'The Avenger' He is also known as Mickey "Looney". He is a middle-aged man, gardener, seemingly nice person, yet shy. Little did people suspect that he was hiding his true side. He killed a bully, Vaughn Masterson, at school and his grandfather, and got away with it. He was portrayed as an 11 year-old child most of the story, until he abducted Jane Jerome and it was revealed that Mickey committed those crimes 30 years ago; he planned to kill Jane for dating Buddy. He committed suicide at the end of the book as he was about to murder Jane. Theories Behind 'The Avenger' It is not clear what conditions Mickey has. I believe that he has a certain degree of psychotic disorder. This is due to his delusion, that he thinks that he is someone else, such as an eleven year-old child. However, it can also be argued that he could have multiple personalities disorder. He could have been Mickey "Looney" to everyone else, and then changed to become 'The Avenger" Themes One of the most prominent themes with 'The Avenger' is murder and revenge. His whole life is wrapped around it. It hints that 'The Avenger' might be a sociopath, depending if he has any remorse for his actions. However, his suicide disproves this notion. It does prove that the more you hurt somebody, it will fall upon you, like it did with 'The Avenger.' Thank You For Your Attention!!!