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Charles by Shirley Jackson Analysis

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“Charles” Shirley Jackson Laurie creates an alter ego named "Charles" and uses him to take all the flaws that Laurie has in kindergarten. 2. a) The underlying message, central idea, or moral discussed in a story. b) The story teaches us that something can be going on and we may not even notice it. The mother refuses to look at what is right under her nose, for trepidation of realizing something that she doesn't want to see- her dear, naïve little boy causing serious trouble. She adored listening to the stories her son would tell her about “Charles”. In fact, she couldn't wait for Laurie to get home from school so she could hear them. All the while Laurie was misbehaving at home. Instead, she would relatively think that it is another little boy named Charles. Another minor theme can be: if you lie then you will in time get caught red-handed. 3. "The teacher spanked a boy, though ... For being fresh" (pg 8) was Laurie's replay to his mother asking him what happened in school. ...read more.


Not only that, but I think their attitude towards their own unobservant behavior might change as well. 5. This story made me think of when I was younger and the kids who acted this way to get attention from their parents. This story shows the ways children invent shadow figures as a means of confronting problematic feelings while forming their identities. I know that a lot of young children are clever enough to do a lot of things, and some times they go unnoticed, like Laurie's travesty. In Laurie?s example mentioning Charles so much, the family's bound to make Charlie a part of daily conversation. Why was Laurie hinting to his parents instead of coming right out and telling them? Was it because he wants his parents to shape it out on their own little heads? I too indeed might?ve lied a couple of times as of way of being included and known. Although my parents were observant and I was quick to learn that it?s not good to lie. 6. Verbal irony ? contrast between what is said and what is meant. ...read more.


all the flaws that Laurie has in kindergarten Charles - a little boy who does all sorts of bad stuff in Laurie?s kindergarten Comes from mainly Laurie?s mother Actions mostly happened at the family dinner table at home Laurie begins telling his parents stories about an ill-behaved boy in his class named Charles - regularly Charles goes from bad to worse. One day Laurie tells his parents he behaved but later reverts Laurie-a little boy just starting kindergarten He?s trying to get attention by changing. At the same time trying to not get in trouble Revealed at the end of the story to be imaginary aka Laurie Mother- Nice but unobservant Father- Similarly unobservant Baby sister?Laurie?s little sister; merely referred to in passing Laurie?s teacher - a teacher at Laurie?s kindergarten Some of the story was also set in the school during the end Charles throws things, yells, hits his teacher and classmates Mother wonders if Charles' bad influence affects Laurie?s misbehaving/ using bad grammar Laurie's mother can't wait to go to parent-teacher night to meet the child's mother. After meeting the teacher, the mother finds out that all the trouble had been caused by Laurie ...read more.

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