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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 three-year-old daughter, Carietta. Mrs White could not be reached for comment. -(Carrie Novel)

I can see your dirty pillows...everyone will...-(Carrie Novel)

Margaret Brigham White, (November 20, 1932 - May 28, 1979) was the seriously mentally ill and abusive daughter of Judith and John Brigham, the granddaughter of Sadie Cochran, the wife of Ralph White, and mother of Carrie White who got killed by Carrie White. She is the main antagonist at the end of the book and films. It should be noted that throughout the book and films, Margaret was the secondary antagonist.

''Sin Never Dies..."-(Carrie Novel)

Background

She lived with her parents in Motton, Maine until 1960, when she moved to Chamberlain Center with Ralph White. The two married on 23 March 1962; shortly after, on 3 April 1962, Margaret was admitted to Westover Doctors Hospital for a suspected miscarriage. She last wrote her mother on 19 August 1962 and. later, became pregnant in 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 21, 1963. On August 17, 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 1974)

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God Wont Help You

Margaret has a serious mental problem that made her devote her life to being a Christian who believes everything is sinful, even sexual intercourse, including within marriage. Her disorder is 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 relitives, 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 movies 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 White Preaches...

Over time, Margaret berated and abused Carrie every day for sins the child may/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 kitchen 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 daughter. In all continuities, Margaret finally goes off the deep end and tries to murder Carrie when she returns from her High School Prom after killing her peers as revenge for a cruel prank involving pig's blood.

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"The Devil Has Come Home..."

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 1974)

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Carrie stops 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's Pregnancy

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 battle, and several years later she opened a fundamentalist church group. Margaret also despised her mother, Judith, and Judith's new husband Harold Allison, because Margaret believed that both were living in sin.

In 1960, she met the equally-religious Ralph. 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 23 1962, but on April 3, 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 seven 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 three years old, she conversed with a young woman neighbor about her (the woman's) 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 Whites' house that day. No one could explain how it happened, but somehow, Margaret knew.

[[Carrie White|Carrie|....Prom!] experienced her first period at sixteen 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 berated the Carrie when she returned home. Margaret tormented/slapped Carrie and pushed/threw/pulled her into the closet, and Carrie became vulgar with her mother.

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Margaret White

Then, when Carrie told her that she was invited to the prom, Margaret became incensed and threw her 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.

Mother and daughter 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 (Margaret) 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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Margaret deceased

This Margaret, as portrayed by Piper Laurie, had auburn hair and a small frame. She shared the same characteristics as her counterpart in the novel. During the scene in which Carrie and Margaret talk about the former's being invited to the senior prom, Margaret throws her tea/water in Carrie's face and refuses to let the child talk, even though Carrie tries to convince her mother that her date, Tommy Ross, is a good boy. When Margaret tries to close the kitchen windows, Carrie shuts them via her powers. Frightened, Margaret reasons that her child has been taken over by Satan, but Carrie convinces her that it was her power at work, not Satan's.

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"You're a Woman Now..."

Later, during the prom night argument, Carrie pushes her mother onto her bed twice using her powers before leaving to go to the prom. Carrie tells her mother to stay there until she left, but Margaret replies by citing Exodus 22:18: "Thou shall not suffer a witch to live."

In the film Margaret dies while attempting to kill Carrie by stabbing her with a hidden knife, after she told Carrie how she was conceived. Margaret follows Carrie throughout the house, backing Carrie into a corner. When her mother attempts to make the final blow, Carrie uses her telekinesis to pin Margaret to the kitchen doorway with knives and other utensils, even causing one to "strike" her in the heart. Margaret cries out for a while afterwards before leaning her head to the right and dying. Carrie is overcome with grief over using her abilities to kill the woman whom she both hated and loved.

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

Trivia

  • She shares a similarity to Mrs. Carmody and Barbara Lang (as they are all deeply religious). She is also similar to Disney villain Judge Claude Frollo, although Frollo doesn't go as far as to abuse Quasimodo.
  • She also shares similarities to Dahlia Gillespie from the Silent Hill videogame 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 Psycho.
  • Like Barbara Lang she too suffers from mental illness but Barbara is more laid back than Margaret as she does not abuse her daughter as much as Margaret abuses Carrie.
  • She shares a similarity to Richard Macklin, Alvin Marsh and Oscar "Butch" Bowers. They all abuse their family members.
  • She also shares similarities between Alfred Drevis; both of them did almost kill their daughters, and both died with knives being stabbed into them.

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