Bastard Out of Carolina
By Dorothy Allison
Plot Line: A story that teaches the consequences of stealing or lying. It focuses on how it may not be serious to start, but it can grow and become a larger problem.
Exposition: The little girl is taught by her mother not to steal, after her cousin Grey was caught stealing.
Rising Action: The girl goes behind her mother's back. She ignores all the teachings about not stealing, and steals from their local store. She shoplifted a few tootsie rolls.
Climax: Her mother finds out that she stole, and she is forced to return to the store that she stole from and return the remaining candy and pay for what she had already ate.
Falling Action: The store owner comes out and decides to punish her by banishing her from returning to the store until her mom thinks she had learned her lesson.
Resolution: The girl is left feeling sad and disappointed in herself. She now knows the consequences of stealing and lying.
The Mother: The mother had absolutely no tolerance for lying or stealing. She was very honest and always wanted her daughter to be her best. She had very good morals and ethics.