Flowers in the Attic: An Analysis

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As if growing up without parents wasn’t bad enough, Cathy and Chris had to become parents at teenagers for their younger siblings. Not every child gets to grow up and blossom into a man/ woman, and for the Dollanganger children, it wasn’t even possible. It wasn’t long before they found themselves in a situation where they had to break all the rules and escape from the horror. In the year 1957, Cathy Dollanganger is twelve-years-old and the second of four children (following her older brother, Chris, who is fourteen-years-old, and fraternal twins, Carrie and Cory, who are five). They live in Gladstone, Pennsylvania with their parents, Christopher and Corrine. Their father works at a PR firm while their mother stays home to take care of them. Their idyllic lifestyle ends when their father dies in a car accident on his 36th birthday. Facing financial destitution, Corrine decides to move the children and herself into her parents' mansion in Charlottesville, Virginia. She writes letters to her mother, Olivia, pleading for shelter. Olivia agrees to let them stay on the condition that the children are kept hidden; she doesn't want their grandfather, Malcolm, to know about them. Corrine tells the children that she did something her parents disapproved of fifteen years ago, so she is disinherited. However, her father is dying, and if she can win back his love, she will be the sole heir to a vast fortune. She also tells them that their real last name is Foxworth. They pack a few things and take the train to Virginia, leaving everything else behind. They make the secret path to Foxworth Hall, where they are escorted into small room below the attic by Olivia. Corrine promises to visit them the next day after she talks to her father. When Corrine does return, the children find that she has been savagely horse-whipped by Olivia, who tells the children, that their parents were half-uncle and niece; their father had been Malcolm's half-brother. She says that if Corrine has any...
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