- My name is Benjamin Button,... and I was born under unusual circumstances. While everybody else was aging, I was gettin' younger... all alone!
- Ben, from trailer
Benjamin "Ben" Button, (born November 11, 1918- Spring, 2003, is the main character/protagonist of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Born at WWI's end, (Armistice Day), with the appearance/health issues of an elderly man in his 80s'. Adopted and raised by Queenie at her home for the elderly, Benjamin eventually grew much healthier (as his body grew younger), as the years passed.
Birth and early life - 1910s Edit
On November 11 1918, Ben was born with the freaky appearance of an eighty-four year old man. His father Thomas promised the mother Caroline that Ben will have a safe place to live, but abandoned him; laying the baby on the steps of a nursing home, leaving eighteen dollars for the person who takes care of him. Queenie, who runs the nursing home, along with her boyfriend Tizzy Weathers finds Ben and decides to raise him as her own son. Inside, Queenie lays Ben in her bedroom drawer, while she gets a doctor who happens to be there. He reports several health issues, relating to that of "a man well in his 80s' on his way to the grave".
Benjamin first met Daisy on Thanksgiving in 1930 when she was seven years old.
Queenie was Benjamin's adoptive mother. Queenie and Tizzy stumbled upon the newborn Benjamin on the steps of the nursing home. Figuring that Benjamin would die from his physical conditions, Queenie decided to take him in. Over the years, Queenie was surprised that Benjamin grew and his health improved year by year, and fully adopted him. Queenie was a true mother to Benjamin, raising him to be polite and respectful
While at first being somewhat resentful of Benjamin for taking up all of Queenie's attention, Tizzy and Benjamin maintained a good relationship