Bastard Out of Caroline

Dorothy Allison

Plot Line

Exposition: Mom lecturing her daughter about stealing and telling her about how relatives have had a past of stealing

Rising Action: Daughter tells her mom she stole candy from the corner store called Woolworth's

Climax: Daughter gets very angry at the worker in the store and her mood changes. Before this, she was being forgiving to her mom but then she turned stubborn to the worker.

Falling Action: Daughter gets very, very angry at the whole situation and it makes her want to steal more.

Resolution: She walks out of the store very mad with the rage still in her, making her want to continue stealing, even though she knows the consequence.

THEME: IF YOU DO SOMETHING BAD OR WRONG, YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE CONSEQUENCES.

Characters

The daughter is the main character in the story because she is the protagonist and the story revolves around her stealing. The author uses indirect characterization to show that she is sneaky and stubborn. This was shown by her stealing from the corner store and getting in trouble, but not wanting to stop stealing.


The storekeeper is a major character in this short story especially at the end. He gets very angry at the daughter because of the stealing incident. The author uses direct characterization to show that he is a honey-greased bastard. This means he is very mean and the daughter thinks he is jerk.

The most compelling part of the story is how the daughter is so sneaky. You don't know whats going to happen to her throughout the story and the author definitely keeps you wondering. There are similes, metaphors and imagery all used very well through the story. I think that many people will enjoy this quick and intriguing read!