Bastard Out of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison
Rising Action: The plan didn't go exactly as planned and the mother finds out about the daughter stealing. Once again, the mother will lecture the girl and make her aware of the severity of this choice. The mother will enforce that her daughter returns to the store to confess and apologize for her actions.
Climax: When confronting the man at the store she returns the leftover candy and apologizes for what she has done. The man also makes the girl aware of how big a problem this is. The girl's emotions quickly escalate and she feels strong hatred towards the man.
Falling Action: While wrapping up the conversation, the man gives the girl a consequence, of not returning to the store for a certain amount of time to teach the girl a lesson. The girl feels as though he has crossed the line and is outraged by this cicumstance.
Resolution: At the very end of the story the girl talks about how she later on in life passes by the store and relates to how her cousin felt when he made a similar decision to steal. She is still mad about her decision and regrets the choice she made, to steal.
A Lesson Learned...
This lesson or idea is what made this reading so intriguing. This short story provides a base of what it takes to be a good person. Indirectly, it shows you that making smart choices even when compelled to do the opposite will later benefit you in the long wrong. As you watch the girl deal with her choices, you begin to understand what it means to have good morals. To expand on morals, it is the principles of good and bad behavior and the goodness and badness of human character. Yes, the girl made a made decision but what makes her a good person with good morals is her acceptance of the consequence knowing the decision she made was wrong. So remember, for every action there is a reaction.