At a few points in the book, Dave Pelzer fantasizes about being Superman and flying away from his awful, abusive mother. Superman symbolizes Dave’s hope and optimism, which are critical in helping him survive his years of abuse. Superman could also symbolize Dave’s struggle to take control over his own life, instead of relying on cruel or indifferent people like his parents or his brothers.
Superman Quotes in A Child Called It
I willed the wound to heal. Somehow I knew it would. I felt proud of myself. I imagined myself like a character in a comic book, who overcame great odds and survived. Soon my head slumped forward and I fell asleep. In my dream, I flew through the air in vivid colors. I wore a cape of red … I was Superman.