by Steven King
Morrison is the protagonist of "Quitters Inc." He struggles from a bad smoking habit, however his love for his family and his growing appreciation for his retarded son, allows him to break the addiction. He is not a very self-motivated or determined individual, and even with the help in the consequences of one more cigarette, he still struggles to deny himself. However, he is not self-centered person, and would rather deny himself pleasure, than see his family harmed before his own eyes.
Vic Donatti is Morrison's counselor who seems to be doing the right thing by helping Morrison to quit, but he does it in a shifty and violent way. On the outside he appears to be a happy pleasant man, however when Morrison begins to question the process of Quitters Inc., he sees the cold and darker side of Donatti. Donatti is a heavy-set man, and leaves very room for doubt that what he says is true, and will happen. He is a pragmatist who's idea of helping someone quit smoking, is putting them through a nightmare situation, with severe consequences. He feels that no matter how much good he does in the world, he is always unappreciated and is often hated.
The exposition starts in the beginning of the story when Morrison is sitting at the bar, and sees a good friend by the name of Jim McCann. Jim McCann used to be a smoker, and so he tells Morrison about a business that helped him to quit his smoking addiction.
The rising action begins when Morrison decides to go to the business and see what they have to offer. He has no idea what to expect, but he goes just to see what they do to him or how they offer to help him.
The climax is when Morrison decides to smoke a cigarette briefly, and after realizing his mistake he returns to the house. Once he is at his house, he gets a call from Donatti, who tells him that they had captured Morrison's wife. He asks Morrison to come and pick her up... after watching her endure pain.
The falling action is when Morrison explains his situation with Quitters Inc. to her, after she has been electrocuted. Although she was originally crying to him about how she was "kidnapped" and "tortured", after he explains it to her, she feels much better.
The resolution is when Morrison's wife explains to him, that she was happy for him to be quitting, and that she is able to put all the pain and discomfort that she experienced aside, if it makes him stop quitting. She tells him that she is able to do it because she loves him, and that is when Morrison realizes that love is capable of overcoming everything, whether it be an addiction, or pain and sacrifice. The story then skips ahead eight months later to a situation in which Morrison promotes the business to one of his smoking friends. He does that, because he although he was originally skeptical of the business, he is able to accept that it changed his life.