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David Pelzers conflict in A Child Called It The memoir A Child Called It by David Pelzer is about a young boy who encounters terrifying incidences of child abuse by his own mother He is on his own since no one is there to help him or save him from his mother Without a doubt David encounters his most terrifying conflict at age ten when his own mother stabs him on his chest however with his courageous spirit and quick thinking hes able to save himself The conflict initiates when his mother asked him to wash the dishes She warns him to finish cleaning the dishes in 20 minutes otherwise she would kill him with the knife she had in her hand Suddenly his mother stabs David on his chest and he starts to bleed heavily which eventually causes him to faint After he wakes up instead of taking him to the hospital his mother tells him he now had 30 minutes to wash the dishes or she wouldnt feed him at all He goes to his father so that he can take him to the hospital but to Davids surprise he tells him to go back in the kitchen and wash the dishes As David washes the dishes excruciatingly he realizes he needs to take control of the situation David knew he had to do something since he was now catching a fever and couldnt stop bleeding I knew about basic first-aid training to clean a wound so I felt confident that I could do it alone I wanted to be in charge of myself Pelzer 97 Eventually he goes to the garage sink with whatever strength he had left in him and soaks the cleanest rag he finds Then he takes a deep breath and as gently as possible he pinches the slit of the wound which causes a yellowish-white substance to come out of the red slash David knew he
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