The Real Sucker

Geoff Karanasos CARSON McCULLERS December 12, 1996

Many Different experiences in a child\'s life help form the personality
and attitude he or she will adopt later in life. One such example of this is a
fictional character named Sucker. This young boy really admired his cousin Pete,
whom he lived with. Sucker was just an innocent child who would believe
anything Pete said. The more Sucker admired Pete, the more Pete resented Sucker.
This went on until Pete met a girl. Pete was so happy that he didn\'t mind
Sucker\'s admiration toward him. Sucker became a bright enthusiastic child who
loved being around Pete. He was so happy that he didn\'t want anything to change.
After Pete got dumped, he turned all of his frustrations toward Sucker. Sucker
then treated Pete the way Pete treated him - like a nobody.
Sucker\'s real name is Richard. He got the name "Sucker" from being so
gullible. One time he jumped off his garage roof with an open umbrella because
Pete told him he would float down to the ground. It turned out all that
happened was Sucker got a busted knee. Sucker was like any child his age. He
talked to himself when he was alone, he would fight off gangsters and also
pretend he was a cowboy. He was a healthy kid but he kept to himself mostly.
When Pete met Maybelle Watts this had an immediate effect on Sucker
because Pete was actually treating him nicely. Sucker was flamboyant, talkative
and always had a smile on his face when Pete was around. One time when the two
of them went to bed they had a long talk. Pete even took Sucker to a movie with
him. "You\'re a swell kid, Sucker," said Pete. Being so close to Pete made
Sucker feel wonderful.
When Pete found out that Maybelle was using him, he took out all of his
frustrations on the most defenseless person he knew - Sucker. When Sucker asked
what was wrong Pete exploded all of his emotions on him. Sucker defended
himself the only way he had left. He became very angry and cold toward Pete.
Sucker became very independent and started hanging around with a bunch of
friends. Pete was intimidated by the hatred in Sucker\'s eyes whenever he looked
at him. Sucker didn\'t seem like a "sucker" anymore.
Through all of these ways Sucker responded to Pete\'s actions the last
one had the most effect. Sucker chose to shut Pete out of his life so he
wouldn\'t have to put up with him anymore. Pete now understands that you should
never take people you love for granted because you just might lose them forever.
"-Sometime the look in his eyes made me almost believe that if Sucker could he
would kill me."

Category: English