Dolores Claiborne

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  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne, an arrogant 65-year-old widow living on the tiny Maine community of Little Tall Island. She Worked  for the wealthy Vera Donovan a rich woman whose family had owned a summer home on the island. 
  • Dolores Claiborne
  •  Mrs. Donovan lived there all year long until she fell down the stairs and died. When her family had arrived and saw Mrs. Donovan , they fell to the floor , there  heart's were in pieces.  After the incident occurred Mrs. Donovan family accused Dolores of pushing her  down the stairs.
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores was accused for killing Vera, but said from the start of the interview that she "did not kill her ***". During the interview, Dolores begins her detailed account by describing Vera Donovan's decline into old age.  She said that Mrs. Donovan was a cruel  and mean person, and as she grew older she would have times of awareness where she would intentionally torture Dolores, particularly by making a mess by urinating in her bed (on one such occasion she had flung her feces all over the room).
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  •   However, follows by thinking in order to clear her conscience, as well as her name, she believes that she must come clean and tell the entire truth about the death of her husband, Joe St. George, which is rumored to be her doing. Dolores knows that if she does not prove she didn't  kill her husband , people will assume she killed Vera Donovan to .
  • As the interview continues, Dolores thinks back to the start of her employment with the Donovans.  At that time Mrs. Donovan, along with her husband and children would spend their summers at their house on Little Tall Island.  Dolores had married a man named Joe St. George .  Dolores was able to keep working for the Donovan's because she could follow all of Vera's strict rules, such as how many clothespins to use when hanging the sheets and remembering to place the doormats facing the right direction.
  • When Vera's husband had died, Dolores had expected never to see any of the Donovans on the island again, but Vera surprised her by showing up , she told dolores to have the hosue ready. When the year started to go by Eventually Dolores begins describing her own family troubles.  At this point, she'd had three children - the oldest was her daughter Selena, and she had two younger boys named Joe Jr. and Pete.  Her husband Joe had, on occasion, been abusive to her 
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • One night he struck her with a chunk of firewood in the back.  Later that night, she had smashed a dish on the side of his head and threatened him with a hatchet.  When he taunted her, she instead handed him the hatchet and gave an lecture - if he ever hit her again, one of them would die.
  • Dolores   Claiborne
  • After dwelling on her situation with her unpredictable  husband, Dolores decided to withdraw her childrens' college funds and leave the island with the kids but without Joe.  However, when she tried, the bank workers informed her that Joe had already withdrawn all the money and placed it in a self access account that only he could access.  This lead Dolores into a state of depression.  One night she broke down in front of Mrs. Donovan and told her all about her situation. 
  • Dolores Claiborne
  •  Eventually, Dolores began to come up with a plan.Dolores intended to spend the time at home with Joe.  She sent her children off and bought Joe a bottle of scotch.  When the eclipse started, she informed Joe that she knew about his bank account.  She went on to lie about it, saying that the bank manager found a rule that permitted her to take out all the money and place it in an account under her name.  This enraged Joe.  Dolores ran from him, leading him out into their yard.
  • Dolores   Claiborne
  • With Joe chasing after her, she lead him directly to the well, and he fell in.  Unfortunately, he didn't die immediately, since the well wasn't completely dry.  She eventually came to believe that he would die and went back inside her house 
  • When  Dolores    was calming down she had a sense of doubt   she went back out to check on him.  To her unluckiness, Joe had almost climbed out of the well, and when she got close enough he grabbed her by the ankle.  She eventually pulled free, and, as he was about to climb fully out of the well, she lifted a large nearby rock and slammed it into his head, crushing his skull.  Either this or the fall back down the well finally killed Joe.
  • Dolores began playing her part in this "accident", acting as if she had no idea where Joe is.  She claimed that they had had a fight, after which she left to see the eclipse from a different part of town, leaving Joe to drink his Dos Equis alone.
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Eventually a search party found Joe at the bottom of the well. Dolores was so freaked out, she knew she had to be very mischevious and come up with a good lie. Dolores' real test came when the medical examiner, a man quite a bit smarter than the local police, began questioning her with suspision. 
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • However , thanks  to Dolores  calmness and the police's foolishness , the law decided that she played no part in her husband's death.  Selena (Her Older Daughter) , however, was not convinced that Dolores (Her Mother) was innocent , although she never came right out and said so.
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • At this point, Dolores story jumps to the events leading up to Vera's death.  Mrs. Donovan had been in a fragile mental state, fearing imaginary monsters, specifically (the wires) that would come out of the wall, and (the dust bunnies) which would all try to gang up and "attack her".  Dolores was always pleasant of Vera during these times and would always come to comfort her.
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • n the day of Vera's death, Dolores had been outside hanging Vera's sheets on the line when Vera began screaming ! about the dust bunnies "attacking her".  Dolores ran inside and upstairs in time to see Vera walking (something she had believed Mrs. Donovan was incapable of) toward the stairs.  As Vera made it to the staircase, Dolores was just a moment too late to stop her from falling down.
  • After the tumble, Dolores ran down to comfort her.  Vera asked her to help her die here, instead of in a hospital.  Dolores agreed and went to the kitchen, where she fetched a heavy rolling pin with the idea of using it to crush Vera's skull.  However, by the time she got back to Vera, it turns out she had already died
  • Unfortunately, at that moment the mailman had shown up.  It was clear that he believed that Dolores had killed Vera.  That night Dolores was taunted by all the town members who said she won't get away with murder again.
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claibborne
  • The next morning she woke up with the idea of going to the police to tell them the entire story  however , before she left her house, Mrs. Donovan's accountant called to inform her that Vera had wired all her money to Dolores.  The total was said to be "somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 million dollars" Dolores was shocked by this and refused to take the money
  •  The accountant stated that she must accept the money at first even if she does intend to give it away. Dolores remembered the Donovan's children and asks why they hadn't inherited the money.  The accountant, slightly confused told Dolores that the children had been dead for 30 years...  Vera had never told Dolores . Vera made it look like they had just had a fight and would return someday. When they could put those hard feelings behind them.After her phone call was done with the accountant, Dolores went to the police and gave her interview.
  • The End
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