Bastard Out of Carolina
The protagonist or girl is the main character of the story. The story is about her stealing and having to deal with what happens when her mom finds out. From indirect characterization it can be inferred that the protagonist is unsure of herself. When the girl goes with the flow of stealing, but then starts to think stealing might be bad it shows she doesn't know what she believes in and is trying to figure it out. From the unsureness of the girl it is showed that she is younger than a teenager. By the end of the story the protagonist becomes more strong willed. "I knew I was supposed to feel ashamed, but I didn't anymore. I felt outraged" (80). When the girl thinks for herself, even is she "shouldn't" be feeling that emotion it manifests the strong will that she has gained.
The mother of the protagonist is another main character. The mother finds out her daughter stole and makes her return the candy. The mother is firm, but wise, she knows what to do, but doesn't take the situation to an extreme. " 'You want something, you tell me, and if it's worth the trouble we'll find a way. But I an't gonna have no child of mine caught stealing' "(75). One of rare lectures the mother gives, but these couple of sentences show just how strongly she believes in certain things.
- Exposition: The Story starts with the mother lecturing her children on stealing and tells them not to do it.
- Rising Action: Mother catches her daughter stealing and is not happy. She sits down and tells the girl about Tommy Lee, the girls cousin. " 'He's bad,' Mama said, her eyes still looking out the window. 'He's just bad all the way through' "(77). The mother then makes the girl go back to the store to return the candy.
- Climax: The protagonists returns the candy to the manager of the store. This is when the girl starts crying and realizes what she did was wrong.
- Falling Action: The manager starts to yell and the protagonist which stops her from feeling ashamed. The creepy manager also gives the girl the consequence of not being allowed back in the store.
- Resolution: The girl walks by the stores windows and feels mad and angry about the situation, but wonders if what she is feeling is what her cousin, Tommy Lee, feels.
Be a good person
There are many different lessons learned from reading the story. I think that every lesson makes this story worthwhile. Even if someone wasn't planning on stealing before they read this story they can still gain knowledge on not always following the pack, taking responsibility and to not lie because it won't get you anywhere. Someones experiences don't need to be the same as that of a stories to gain insight on being a "better" person.