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"RAIN OF STONES REPORTED: It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th. The stones fell principally on the home of Mrs. Margaret White, damaging the roof extensively and ruining two gutters and a downspout valued at approximately $25. Mrs. White a widow, lives with her 3 year old daughter Carietta. Mrs. White could not be reached for comment."
―Carrie
"I can see your dirtypillows… everyone will."
―Margaret White

Margaret Brigham White best known as Margaret White is the seriously mentally ill and abusive daughter of Judith and John Brigham, the granddaughter of Sadie Cochran, the stepdaughter of Harold Allison, the wife of Ralph White and the mother of Carrie White. She is the main antagonist at the end of the novel and films of Carrie. It is also noted that throughout the novel and films, Margaret is the secondary antagonist.

"Sin never dies"
―Margaret White

Novel

Backstory

She lived with her parents in Motton, Maine until 1960, when she moved to Chamberlain with Ralph White. The two were married on March 23th, 1962 shortly after, on April 3th, 1962, Margaret was admitted to Westover Doctors Hospital for a suspected miscarriage. She last wrote her mother on August 19th, 1962 and later, became pregnant on December of 1962, though she was convinced that she was afflicted with "cancer of the womanly parts". Her husband died in February of 1963, and she gave birth to her daughter alone on September 21st, 1963. On August 17th, 1966, her house was deluged with stones from the sky, which were brought on by her daughter's telekinesis after she punished Carrie particularly hard.

Personality

""Oh Momma help me!" Carrie cried out. "Let's pray", Momma said softly. Her eyes fixed on Carrie's and there was a crazed, awful compassion in them. Momma leaned forward, and the butcher knife glistened in the darkness, coming down in a shining arc. Carrie, perhaps seeing out of the tail of her eye, jerked away, and instead of penetrating her back, the knife went into her shoulder to the hilt. Carrie's blood began to ooze from around the handle of the knife and slowly dripped onto the wooden floor."
―Carrie
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"God Won't Help You"

Margaret had a serious mental problem that made her devote her life to being a Christian who believed everything was sinful, even sexual intercourse, including within marriage. Her disorder was most likely a form of undiagnosed and untreated Schizophrenia that worsened as she aged and as a result of her untreated condition, Margaret lived a life of isolation and solitude. She had no friends or contact with any relaitives, but was stable enough to hide her deepest problems from the outside world and keep a full time job working on the speed ironer and folder down at the local "Blue Ribbon Laundry" in downtown Chamberlain. In the films she works a part time job as a seamstress in a clothing store. Margaret ultimately became extremely co-dependent on her daughter Carrie who was trapped within the unhealthy and sick world Margaret had created for them both. Though Margaret had love for her daughter, her illness warped her perspective on reality and prevented her from loving Carrie in a responsible, positive way. Margaret occasionally had wild fits and broke into loud rants and tantrums if she ever caught Carrie doing something that she considered a "sin", which was basically anything that didn't have to with the Bible.
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Margaret preaching

Over time, Margaret berated and abused Carrie every day for sins the child may or may not have committed, and she would often make the child repeat passages out of one of her many religious books or hit and beat Carrie with them. She would also scratch, punch, pull out her own hair, or otherwise hurt herself in order to compel Carrie to agree with her and obey her ridiculous rules. Additionally, Margaret would even lock Carrie inside of a small closet filled with religious icons so she could "pray for forgiveness", whenever Carrie displeased her. So Carrie had to stay in the closet for hours on end until her mother decided to release her. It seemed as if Margaret punished Carrie for her own personal sins and took her own inner pain and frustration out on her own daughter. In all continuities, Margaret finally went off the deep end and tried to murder Carrie when she returned from her Senior Prom after killing her peers as revenge for a cruel prank involving pig's blood.

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Margaret getting ready to kill Carrie

As Carrie walked home, destroying the town of Chamberlain in her path, Margaret met her tragic end when Carrie used her hidden telekinesis to kill her mother. In the original story, instead of dying by being crucified by kitchen utensils, Carrie slowly stopped her heart, giving Margaret a heart attack.

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Margaret's heart.

"Carrie said softly "I'm going to give you a present, Momma. "I'm picturing your heart, Momma". "It's easier when you see things in your mind. Your heart is a big red muscle. Mine goes faster when I use my power. But yours is going a little slower now. A little slower… slower"
―Carrie White
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Carrie stopping Margaret's heart

Carrie did this in defense for stabbing her with a butcher knife, hitting an artery. The knife caused Carrie's death because of Carrie's blood loss and Carrie's body shut down.

Biography

Margaret was a heavy-set woman with white hair pulled in a tight bun, she always wore black clothing and sported rimless bifocal glasses.

In her early years, Margaret's father John Brigham was killed in a gun warfare and several years later she opened a fundamentalist church group. Margaret also despised her mother Judith and her new husband Harold Allison, because Margaret believed that both were living in sin. In 1960, she met the equally religious Ralph White. For some reason, both viewed any form of sex, even marital intercourse, as sinful. One night, they had premarital sex, and Margaret became pregnant. The two married on March 23th, 1962 but on April 3th, Margaret fell down the stairs and suffered a miscarriage. She was admitted to Westover Doctors Hospital. Ralph told Margaret that they "slipped" and promised it would never happen again. However, one night in 1963, Ralph tried to seduce Margaret and she kicked him out of the house. After Ralph came back hours later, after heavy drinking at a roadhouse in Chamberlain, Ralph forced himself on Margaret and both engaged in intercourse in an "unearthly" form of marital rape. Margaret liked and loathed the event. A while later, her daughter Carrie was conceived and Ralph was killed in a construction accident. Ralph's accident took place 7 months before Carrie's birth. At only a few months of age, Carrie's powers already began to manifest, as she cradled her bottle above her crib using only her mind. The event was witnessed by Margeret, who attempted to kill Carrie as a result. Margaret practically chastised Carrie right from her birth and began teaching the child that everything that one can think of is a "sin", a result of her abnormal beliefs. Margaret's constant scolding continued from Carrie's childhood into her teen years. All the while, Carrie was repeatedly teased and bullied by her classmates at every school she ever attended. When she told her mother, however, Margaret would scold her again for believing the others were right "in God's eyes", tell her she was committing sin and or throw her into the closet. Furthermore, when Carrie was almost 3 years old, she conversed with a young girl neighbor about her breasts, Margaret became very unhinged and started to scratch herself, howl and scream, shaking violently. She grabbed Carrie and dragged her indoors to give her a harsh reprimand for associating with their young neighbor. She also threatened Carrie with Ralph's butcher knife. As a result of this, rocks and hail fell on different parts of the White's house that day. No one could explain how it happened, but somehow, Margaret knew. Carrie experienced her first period at 16 and Margaret had never discussed menstruation with her prior to the incident. That same day, she was contacted about Carrie's ordeal from the school via telephone and violently beated Carrie when she returned home. Margaret tormented and slapped Carrie and pushed, threw and pulled her into the closet, and Carrie became vulgar with her mother. Then, when Carrie told her that she was invited to the Prom, Margaret became incensed and threw tea in Carrie's face. She told Carrie, that boys only wanted "sex" from young girls like herself. Carrie, however, had heard enough about everything being sinful. She wanted a new beginning and saw the Senior Prom as a part of that change. Margaret still did not want Carrie to go and began slapping her. Margaret ordered Carrie to go to the closet to pray, but Carrie refused. Margaret then tried to hit Carrie again, but Carrie used her hidden telekinetic abilities to stop her mother's hand in mid-air. Margaret then deduced that "Satan" had began his work in Carrie, but the girl made it clear that it was her power. When Prom Night arrived, Margaret and Carrie got into another argument about the Prom. Margaret suggested that Carrie burn her red dress and they both pray for forgiveness, but Carrie refused. Margaret then started to scratch and punch herself in the face, but Carrie used her power to slide her mother out of the room. After that, she left for the Prom, while Margaret loudly prayed in another room. Margaret and Carrie did not see each other again until much later in the evening, when Carrie returned home, dripping with pig's blood from head to toe. Meanwhile, Margaret had finally lost her sanity and managed to hide Ralph's knife under her dress. When Carrie saw her mother, and vice versa, both were shocked to realize that one wanted to kill the other. Margaret then told Carrie about how she considered killing herself after having intercourse for the first time, her miscarriage, and how Carrie was conceived due to marital rape. She took out her knife and told Carrie that she tried to kill her twice before during the first few years of her life, but didn't because she was "weak". As Carrie fell on her knees, Margaret stabbed her child in the shoulder with the knife. Carrie returned the attack by using her powers to slow her mother's heart to a crawl. She spoke to her mother, saying that she would give her darkness and send her to "whatever God lives there".

While Margaret attempted to recite The Lord's Prayer, her heart came to a complete stop. Carrie left the house afterwards.

1976 Film

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The 1976 film version of Margaret is portrayed by Piper Laurie; Margaret had auburn hair and a small frame. She shared the same characteristics as her counterpart in the novel.

Margaret was shown to be very religious and very creepy. Her clothes and her hair were very witch-like, and she had a very religious background. Margaret was very evil and very abusive to her daughter Carrie. She locks her in the closet and orders her to pray for "forgiveness", when she learns about the shower incident, because she said it was "punishment" for Eve's disobedience offering Adam the fruit and creating original sin. When Carrie reveals that she has been asked to go to the Prom and that she said yes, Margaret tells her not to go, which forced Carrie to throw her on the bed. Margaret first discovers Carrie's powers, when she slams all the windows shut trapping her in and Carrie tells her she is going to the Prom. For the mere reason of having telekinesis, she says she is a witch and witches have to die according to God. After the Prom massacre, Margaret then tells Carrie at home, that she was raped by Ralph, gains her trust and then stabs Carrie in the back. Margaret then makes a crazy smile, as she follows Carrie downstairs ready to stab her again, as though she was in a sort of mission. Before she has the chance to do it, however, Carrie sends a knife pinning her hand into the wall. She then screams smilingly in pain and then Carrie crucifies Margaret, so that she won´t recover from her attack and continue to try to kill her. While this happens, she always shows this smile.

Margaret, after letting out creepy, painful smiling screams, dies. Her death causes Carrie to destroy the house with her and her mother in it before dying herself on the way.

2002 Remake

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Patricia Clarkson as Carrie's mother Margaret White in Carrie (2002 remake).

Patricia Clarkson portrayed Margaret White in the 2002 film remake.

This Margaret is much calmer, but she also tries to kill Carrie for the same reasons, too. In this version, however, she doesn't try to kill Carrie with a knife. Instead, she tries to drown Carrie in the bathtub of her home after Carrie returns from the prom ordeal, forcing Carrie to use her telekinesis to cause Margaret's heart to stop to save her life, where Sue later finds her with Carrie in the bathtub on the brink of death.

Several weeks later, Carrie visits her grave for the first and last time before leaving town with Sue. Still, Margaret's death continues to haunt Carrie afterwards during her journey to Florida with Sue.

2013 Film

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Julianne Moore as Margaret White

Margaret White is played by Julianne Moore in the 2013 adaptation.

Moore's portrayal of Margaret closely resembles that of Piper Laurie's. While Moore's Margaret is just as abusive towards Carrie, she also displays genuine love towards her. Moore's Margaret also self-harms to the extent of breaking her own skin and scratching herself until she bleeds. She was born in 1966, according to grave at the end of the film. She is portrayed as less attractive than Laurie's Margaret, as she looks tired and deranged throughout the film. She also owns her own tailor shop in this film.

Margaret dies the same way as the original Margaret, with house-hold objects stabbing her and being crucified. She doesn't, however, die in this position like in the original movie. Carrie brings her down and cries because of what she has done, while Margaret is still alive. Margaret dies later in her arms, but Carrie does not bring her to the closet like Carrie in the original movie did.

Appearances

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Margaret White (1976)

Trivia

  • She shares similarities to Mrs. Carmody from The Mist and Barbara Lang from The Rage: Carrie 2 as they are all deeply religious. She is also similar to Frollo from The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, although Frollo doesn't go as far as to abuse Quasimodo.
  • She also shares similarities to Dahlia Gillespie from the Silent Hill video game series, as they are both fanatically religious and they both abused their own daughters.
  • She is also similar to Ed Gein's mother Augusta, who inspired Norma Bates from the 1960 film, Psycho.
  • Like Barbara Lang she too suffers from mental illness, however, unlike Margaret, Barbara is more laid-back, as she does not abuse her daughter Rachel as much as Margaret abuses Carrie.
  • She also shares similarities between Alfred Drevis from Mad Father as both of them did almost kill their daughters and both died with knives/daggers being stabbed into them.