The conflict is Dave is stuck in an abusive relationship with his mother, his home becomes a place he dreads staying at. It becomes an emotionally, physically, and mentally bad place for him to stay at.
Daves mother burning his skin for not doing his chores. He said he could feel his skin burning off. HIs mother didn't care. (41)
Daves mother told Dave to take off his clothes and she turned on the bath water, she took Daves head and drowned him for a minute or so. Dave kicked and fought to get above the water. She let go and made him put his head under the water and Dave did but was close to the surface.
Daves mother stabs him with a steak knife because Dave wasn't finished with the dishes and his chores on time.
Around when Dave started 5th grade, he had no hope for himself. Everyone downed him, no one acknowledged him. He told himself he will never live a better life. Kids and his mother told him he should die. He really had no hope after everything he has been through.
Dave gets taken to a place with the child protection service and never has to go back to his unstable house. He gets a relief of freedom, he says ¨Im free.¨