Carrietta N. "Carrie" White is the title character of Stephen King's novel. A young high school student, Carrie is a shy, outcast, abused and bullied girl at Ewen High School, raised by her religious and mentally unstable mother, Margaret.
Unseen by everyone, Carrie is gifted with devastating telekinetic and telepathic powers which are set on the loose over her schoolmates, her abusive mother and her entire town, after Carrie is pranked and taunted at her school prom.
Carrie was born on September 21, 1963 on Chamberlain, Maine, to Margaret and Ralph White. Carrie was conceived by Margaret alone, without medical assistence. Margaret first witnessed Carrie's powers when she saw a bottle floating above Carrie in the craddle, and assumed she was a "witch". The baby was almost murdered if not for Ralph's intervention. Ralph would die sometime later at his work, leaving Carrie under Margaret's cares based on her religious (and distorted beliefs). Over the years, Margaret ruled Carrie harshly with repeated threats of damnation, as well as physical/verbal/emotional/mental/terrible abuse.
Aged 3, Carrie saw her neighbor Estelle taking a sunbath at her yard, questioning her womanly figure which according to Margaret were signs of sin. As Estelle talked to her, Margaret appeared and, insane, took/pulled Carrie inside to be mean to her. This caused Carrie to manifest her powers and cause a rain of stones/fireballs and chunks of ice over their bungalow, damaging it heavily while a table was sent toppling through the window/out of the house by Carrie.
Isolated from others, Carrie would grow up a misfit among her schoolmates. Once at lunch, she knelt to pray as instructed by her mother, only to be mocked by the children surrounding her.
Carrie attended Ewen High School and became an unatractive teenager among her classmates. In 1979, at the age of seventeen, Carrie got insulted/mistreated by students/her classmates for missing the ball/losing and had her first menstrual period in the shower of the school gym after a physical education class. Ignorant of menstruation, Carrie believed to be bleeding to her death. Carrie got in trouble when other girls in the locker room wanted to fight, led by the popular students Chris Hargensen and Sue Snell, taunt Carrie and threw tampons and sanitary napkins at her, causing the light bulb above them to explode. Their teacher, Miss Desjardin, intervened and initially berated Carrie for her stupidity, until she noticed, horrified when she realizes that Carrie has no idea what had happened to her.
Calm, Carrie was called into the principal's room after the incident, where Miss Desjardin suggested she could walk home, so she would feel better. Before she left, Carrie, irritated and angry at Principal Grayle constantly calling her "Cassie", caused his ashtray to fell from and off his table. Walking home, she was approached and insulted by Tommy Erbert, a 5 year old neighbour. Carrie telekinetically overturned his bicycle, hurting him. Delighted with the boy's whining, Carrie made her way wondering what would happen her powers manifested whenever she could, and tested her abilities the houses surrounding her, frustrated with the lack of results.
Carrie arrived home and considered changing her body figure and looks herself, to look more similar to Sue or Vicky Hanscom. Looking at her own reflection, Carrie caused her small, cheap mirror to shatter.
Margaret then arrived home, aware of the shower incident as the school had called her at work. Carrie questioned her mother for not telling her about who called/menstruation and told what the girls did to her to her mother, only to be accused of being now taken by the woman's curse by Margaret. Beaten and kicked by her cold-hearted mother, Carrie was in trouble and was forced to go to the closet and pray, where she should stay in and pray. Infuriated, Carrie swore something to Margaret and was dragged inside and locked inside.
Carrie did not stop screaming and prayed until Margaret unlocked her, running desperate to the bathroom. She later used her powers on the sewing machine, scaring Margaret and noticing the fear in her eyes, assuming that Margaret was actually afraid that Carrie could knock the closet's door down.