When Miss Moss assures the narrator that everything is going to be okay, he begins to cry. At the age of 18 he joined the air force and was determined to better himself. One would think this would help David but, instead, it results in Catherine giving him a bloody nose and knocking out a tooth after the investigation is completed. This nurse has been dealing with David for some time now. The policeman hangs up and tells Dave that he mother will never hurt him again. His father never came home and his mother had lost her brightness and love of life, resorting to alcohol to get through the day.
It began with long stints in the corner and quickly progressed to beatings, one such beating that caused Dave a broken arm. Dave sure can survive a horrifying childhood at the age of four until the age of 12. He was to follow strictly what ever she wanted of him. A warm sensation oozed from my nosrils. But the nurse soon found out. He was treated worse than animals in her house.
Dave grew up, became a father, and made peace with the horrible abuse he suffered as a child. As time passes, David's punishments became more cruel and dangerous. He learns that he has to fight for food. In order to survive from his mother's sick games, David used willpower. She distances him from people in other ways, too, such as forbidding him from going back to Cub Scouts and refusing to take him on their family vacation, to the place that had always been Dave's place of happiness and safety. As the whiskey flows, so does her obscenities as she mercilessly starves and beats her son.
A section with numbers to call for more information on child abuse is also included. While I stand clothed only in my underwear. He lied to her and said that everything was fine. During this time period, Catherine has another son and Social Services visits their home. Later that morning, Mother drives the narrator and his brother to school. He lived with his parents and his two brothers in Daly City, California, near San Francisco.
Unfortunately, it was the middle of winter and he had to skate every day in thin rags. He stole it from kids at school, from the grocery store, and from the frozen-lunch trucks, but his mother started making him vomit after coming home from school to make sure he had not eaten anything. GradeSaver, 3 May 2016 Web. Our every whim was fulfilled with love and care. The police officer asks the narrator to tell him about Mother, but the narrator refuses, afraid that Mother will find out. Soon, she began to starve him, and he spent all his time trying to figure out ways to get food.
His father promised to help and protect him, but sadly, permanently left the home with out him. At one point this year, Catherine starves David for a total of ten days. Although sometimes Dave's father would try to help him or defend him in arguments he would always give in to Dave's mother. There are so many bad things out there that are happening to good people. Despite this terrible beginning he manages to turn his life around. She made him stay in a bathroom filled with Ammonia.
You never know what is going on behind closed doors. The police officer drives Dave to a police station. His mother's own behavior changed rapidly; when his father was away all day at work, she would lie on the couch in her bathroom and watch television, only getting up to go to the bathroom. David was beaten everyday as a child. He was very , bony, and was beaten everyday.
Mother's rage seemed focused on Dave only, excluding his two brothers. Even after his mother stabbed him, pushed him down stairs, and made him breathe toxic fumes, David picked himself up and dressed his own wounds. She is clearly suffering from a hangover, and these made up stories to cover her son's scars, have become commonplace. I can wiggle my toe out of one of them. When David was young, he lived a well and typical life with his parents and brothers. He and Dave's mother would have afternoon happy hours, when they would drink a lot in the kitchen, and his mother always beat him worse when he was drunk.
Theme The main theme of the book is Child abuse and that a person's determination can help overcome any challenge. Children unfortunately have been subjects of abuse by their parents, and for many centuries laws failed to protect them. A moment later, she returns with the principal, Mr. During these drinking binges, Mother would take out her negative feelings on Dave. Although David was young, he had to think like an adult in order to survive his mother's severe abuse and rage.