QUITTERS' INC.

A Short Story By Stephen King

PLOT LINE: A STORY OF ONE MAN'S ROAD TO BEATING AN ADDICTION.

EXPOSITION: RICHARD MORRISON IS A LONG TIME CIGARETTE ADICT LIVING A TEDIOUS AND UNHEALTHY LIFE STYLE.

RISING ACTION: MORRISON RUNS INTO AN OLD FRIEND, JIMMY MCCANN, WHO ENCOURAGES HIM TO QUIT SMOKING. HE RECOMMENDS SIGNING UP FOR QUITTERS' INC., A BUSINESS MODEL TO HELP END ADDICTIONS. HE FINDS THAT THE PROGRAM WILL HELP HIM QUIT BY POSING HARSH CONSEQUENCES AGAINST HIM AND HIS FAMILY IF HE CAVES.

CLIMAX: MORRISON SMOKES A CIGARETTE, AND THE THREATS PROVE THEMSELVES. QUITTERS' INC. COMES AND TAKES HIS WIFE FROM THEIR HOME WHILE MORRISON IS OUT. THIS WAS THE TURNING POINT FOR MORRISON; HE REALIZES THAT SMOKING ISN'T WORTH THE POSSIBLE HARM OF HIS FAMILY.

FALLING ACTION: MR. MORRISON GOES BACK TO QUITTERS' INC. PERIODICALLY TO CHECK IN WITH HIS PROGRESS. HE NEVER CHEATS AGAIN.

RESOLUTION: THE STORY FOLLOWS UP ON MORRISON AS HE CARRIES ON WITHOUT SMOKING. HE HAS OVERCOME HIS ADDICTION AND IS HAPPY WITH HIS NEW LIFESTYLE.

THEME: ONE WILL DO ANYTHING, NO MATTER HOW HARD, TO PROTECT THE ONES THAT THEY LOVE.

MR. MORRISON'S STORY EMBODIES THE THEME THAT NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE YOU WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP THEM SAFE. ALTHOUGH MORRISON KNOWS THE CONSEQUENCES AND STILL CHEATS, I BELIEVE HE WAS TESTING HIS BOUNDARIES. ONCE HE KNEW THAT HIS WIFE AND SON WOULD BE PUNISHED AS A RESULT OF HIS ACTIONS, HE KNEW THAT HE WOULDN'T SMOKE AT INTEREST OF THEIR WELL-BEING.

MAJOR CHARACTERS

SYMBOLISM AND METAPHORIC LANGUAGE

AT THE END OF THE STORY, MORRISON MEETS JIMMY MCCANN'S WIFE.


"SHE IS PRETTY IN THE RADIANT WAY PLAIN GIRLS SOMETIMES HAVE WHEN THEY ARE VERY, VERY HAPPY.... THERE IS SOMETHING ODD ABOUT HER GRIP, AND HALFWAY THROUGH THE SECOND ACT, HE REALIZES WHAT IT WAS. THE LITTLE FINGER OF HER RIGHT HAND IS MISSING."



THE WAY KING USES A METAPHOR OF A YOUNG GIRL TO DESCRIBE MRS. MACANN MAKES THE READER CREATE AN IMAGE OF HER PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.

WHEN KING MENTIONS HER MISSING FINGER, IT SYMBOLIZES THE WOMAN'S PRIDE OF HER HUSBAND EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD TO SUFFER A CONSEQUENCE OF HIS BAD BEHAVIOR.