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Child Abuse and the Importance of Belonging Discussed in David Pelzer's A Child Called It

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A Child Called "It" explores the traumatic story of child abuse and how the decisions made by one person affects another's feeling of belonging. The story is only from one point of view as it's a biography, written by the man who experienced trauma in such a tender age. David Pelzer, as a young child, coped with rejection every day and not just from his mother but classmates, educators and finally his biggest enemy. A Child Called "It", because the name denotes an impersonal relationship between the viewers and the text, begins the biography with a dim and solemn theme since there is no definition for 'it' therefore titling a book 'a child called it' gives the viewer the idea that the child doesn't exist, or since it informs further in the story, a kid who is treated as he doesn't exist. The author contrasts his mother in different contexts from when his 'mom' was a good, caring mum to when his 'mother' changed into the abusive stage. Mom and Mother are used throughout the text to show the audience the different emotions he had carried for her. Mom is more personal and informal but suggests a close relationship between the two as it is used in the chapters that he is reminiscing about when his mom was a normal, caring mom. Mother is used in the chapters he was abused in and suggests a more distant relationship due to the formal language structure. When 'Mom' was used, the emotions carried out towards her by David Pelzer were none other than belonging to her. When a kid is told something so often they start to believe it. In this case, David Pelzer was ordered to say over and over again "I'm a bad boy, I'm a bad boy..." which psychologically brainwashed him to believe that he was. That every time he was physicall...

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