Lester Billings

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Characterization of Lester Billings

As a parent you work hard, but the hard work won’t always reward you.
In the story “The Boogeyman”, Lester Billings is the main character. He’s 28 y/o and he lives with his wife in Waterbury, Connecticut. Lester Billings and his wife brought three children to the world, but now they aren’t here anymore, the children were all killed.
When Billings was at a psychiatrist, dr. Harper, he was telling him about his horrible experiences in their home in the children’s room.
We get to know a lot of things about Billings and what happens in his life; therefore we know he is a round character.
While Billings was talking to dr. Harper about what happened to his last dead son, Andy, he was smiling. “And I didn’t want to move him. I was afraid to, after Denny and Shirl””But you did move him, didn’t you?” Dr. Harper asked. “Yeah,” Billings said. He smiled a sick yellow smile, “I did.” Billings moved his last-born son into the room where the two other children were killed by the boogeyman that lived in the closet in the room.
It seems like Billings is haggard and is having trouble by handling the fact that an unknown monster from the closet killed all his kids. That’s why he smiles when he talks about it, he feels guilty because he did move him into the other room. He knew that it probably would happen to him also, but he didn’t do anything about it.
When we look at Lester Billings past, we know that Lester felt like his mother was too overprotective when he was a child. That is also a reason for him to not be as overprotective to his children as his own mother was to him. “When I was a kid my mom used to take me to the beach and then scream herself hoarse. “Don’t go out so far! Don’t go there! It’s got an undertow! You only ate an hour ago! Don’t go over your head!” Even to watch out for sharks, before God. So what happens? I can’t…...

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