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What are 3 rising actions in "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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kkaarreenn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM via web

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What are 3 rising actions in "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 21, 2008 at 9:13 AM (Answer #1)

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The rising action in a story are the events which lead up to the climax, or turning point.  In Shirley Jackson's "Charles," the rising action is the daily description of Charles's behavior which gets him into trouble with the teacher, until the turning point, which has Charles change into a model student, teacher's pet. 

-First, Laurie tells his parents that Charles was fresh.

-Then, getting worse, Laurie tells them that Charles hit the teacher.

-Then, worse still, Laurie tells them that Charles hit a girl in the head with the seesaw and she was badly hurt and bleeding.

-Then, Laurie says that Charles was yelling so loud that he was kept after school, only the whole class stayed with him.

-When Laurie tells his parents that Charles had kicked the teacher's friend and would probably be kicked out of school.

-Charles is established in the household as a terror of a child.  Laurie's mother can't wait to go to parent-teacher night to meet the child's mother.



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pipin | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2015 at 2:57 AM (Answer #2)

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As a result of this behavior, Charles becomes an institution at the Hyman house. Whenever anyone does anything bad, inconsiderate, or clumsy, he or she is compared to Charles. During the third week, however, Charles undergoes a conversion. For several days, he becomes a model student, the teacher’s helper. Reports of this transformation astonish the Hyman household. Then, Charles seems to return to normal, first persuading a girl to say a terrible word twice, for which her mouth is washed out with soap. The next day, Charles himself says the word several times and receives several washings.

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