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Charles

I would argue that the main theme of this short story is parents' blindness to their children's flaws. Right from the outset, the little boy telling tall tales about a classmate called Charlie is...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021 5:05 pm UTC

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In "Charles," we can describe Laurie as being very keen to assert his independence. This is shown clearly in the first paragraph when his mother says that he "renounced" (gave up) his corduroys in...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017 10:57 am UTC

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Essentially, the message of the story is that the creation of a personal identity is a difficult and complicated process, regardless of age. This is shown clearly through the character of Laurie, a...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017 8:59 am UTC

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The basic plot of Shirley Jackson's short story, "Charles," is as follows: Laurie is a boy who is beginning kindergarten. His mother is the narrator of this story. Laurie comes home with stories...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2016 10:48 pm UTC

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Foreshadowing is a literary device used by authors to hint at events that will come later in a story. Shirley Jackson uses foreshadowing masterfully in the short story "Charles." The very first...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 2:38 am UTC

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Besides the internal and external conflicts the other respondent posted, there are some other angles to explore in Jackson’s ironic short story “Charles.” Another obvious external conflict is the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018 11:50 pm UTC

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Shirley Jackson's short story “Charles” examines the difficulties both children and parents can have in adapting to a new situation, such as, in this story, the first few weeks of kindergarten. The...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 4:15 pm UTC

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“Charles” has two main settings: the kitchen table, where Laurie talks to his parents, usually over lunch, about what has happened in school that day, and Laurie’s kindergarten classroom, in which...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 4:59 pm UTC

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Dramatic irony is used in Shirley Jackson's "Charles" as the mother/narrator never suspects that the poorly-behaved boy about whom her son speaks is, in actuality, her own child, Laurie while...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015 6:35 pm UTC

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There are numerous examples of "Charles's" bad behavior at school, which worry Laurie's parents. On the first day at school, Laurie mentions to his parents that the teacher spanked Charles and sent...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 12:22 pm UTC

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Laurie invented Charles because he is immature and unable to handle the socialization of kindergarten. Young children often want to tell their parents things, but are not sure how to tell them. So...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 11:53 pm UTC

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Laurie's mother in the Shirley Jackson short story, "Charles," is undergoing a change in her mothering skills as her son simultaneously changes from cute little boy to misbehaving young terror....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2009 10:39 am UTC

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Shirley Jackson's classic short story "Charles" first appeared in Mademoiselle in 1948 and contains many examples of foreshadowing. The story is told in the first person point of view of the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2016 9:25 pm UTC

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The opening paragraph of Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles" foreshadows the truth that is revealed in the end: Charles does not exist outside of Laurie's imagination. Laurie created Charles to...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2017 3:23 am UTC

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The biggest clue that Laurie is in fact Charles is how Laurie seems to change so quickly from his mother's "sweet-voiced nursery-school tot" to "a long-trousered, swaggering character who forgot to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2020 1:35 pm UTC

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In literature and cinema, point of view refers to the perspective from which we see and hear the action in a text. Generally, points of view are the first person, where an “I” narrates the story;...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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Laurie speaks insolently to his parents, spills the baby’s milk, and calls his father names. Laurie’s parents seem to have no idea that the boy whose bad behavior he describes every day is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 3:41 pm UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story, "Charles," the main character Laurie is proud of the fictional Charles's behavior. Laurie invents the character of Charles on his first day of kindergarten....

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 9:00 pm UTC

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The exposition to Shirley Jackon's short story "Charles" is full of foreshadowing. Laurie undergoes a transformation from "sweetvoiced nursery-school tot" into a "long-trousered, swaggering...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 4:06 pm UTC

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Each day when Laurie comes home from school, he elaborates on Charles's misbehavior and tells his mother about Charles's audacious and violent exploits. Laurie reacts like any concerned mother...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 1:18 pm UTC

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The irony is that Charles does not exist, and the family has been judging Laurie the entire time. Irony in literature is “the technique of indicating an intention or attitude opposed to what is...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016 3:54 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008 9:13 am UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles," Laurie is a kindergartner who comes home starting on the first day of school with outrageous stories about a little boy in class. The little boy's name...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 1:48 am UTC

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An alter ego serves many different purposes. First, it allows a person (not specifically only authors) to escape form reality. Another purpose of the alter ego is to allow a person to find them...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 8:36 am UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles," the main character is a kindergarten-aged boy named Laurie. The antagonist would be "Charles," a child that Laurie makes up in his imagination. This...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2017 12:06 am UTC

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"Charles" is a short story often used in upper elementary to middle school classes to teach about character or as a humorous short story example. Keeping this in mind, here are some vocabulary...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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Charles becomes a well-known character to the family because every day, on his return from kindergarten, Laurie delights in sharing Charles's latest exploits with his family. On his first day, for...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 10:36 am UTC

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Laurie's behavior mirrors that of Charles in a number of ways. On his first day, for example, Laurie speaks to his father "coldly" when he tells him that he did not "learn nothing" at school. This...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 8:38 am UTC

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Young Laurie begins school, in Shirley Jackson's "Charles," and immediately comes home to regale the family with daily reports about Charles. Charles seems like a total monster, and it raises...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015 12:49 am UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Laurie's mother mentions that the day her son attended his first day of kindergarten was the day he changed from being her sweet-voiced tot to a confident, swaggering...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 8:19 pm UTC

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"Charles" tells the story of Laurie, a young boy who is just beginning kindergarten. The story is told from the perspective of Laurie's mother, who witnesses incredible changes in her son during...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2017 10:14 am UTC

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Laurie’s parents were looking forward to meeting his teacher so that they could find out more about Charles. Laurie did not adjust well to kindergarten. He was a spoiled child, and the rules and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 2:58 am UTC

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In the opening paragraph of the short story "Charles," Jackson utilizes imagery by writing: The day my son Laurie started kindergarten he renounced corduroy overalls with bibs and began wearing...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 10:59 am UTC

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Shirley Jackson's narrator in "Charles" is apparently a deluded mother. Her thinking that her child has transformed on the day he goes off to school, before ever entering the kindergarten...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 1:47 pm UTC

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The answer would seem to be yes and no. In one way they are good parents. They provide food, shelter, love and caring for their children. It is evident when Laurie "swaggers off" to school how...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2009 12:16 pm UTC

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The main idea that Shirley Jackson examines throughout the short story concerns the construction and formation of a child's identity. Laurie is initially described by his mother as being a...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019 2:29 pm UTC

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One example of symbolism in "Charles" by Shirley Jackson is the way Laurie speaks when he gets home the first day. Although his parents don't realize it at the time, a savvy reader can see the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017 1:53 am UTC

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In the ironic short story "Charles," Laurie's mother misses the first P.T.A. meeting because the baby sister has a cold and the mother stays home with her. The mother/narrator is very disappointed...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 8:41 pm UTC

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I was actually pretty clueless before the surprise ending was revealed by Shirley Jackson in her short story, "Charles." I wondered about the imaginary Charles and why he had never been seen by...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 8:16 am UTC

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At first glance, Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles" seems to be a simple tale of a young boy convincing his parents that a fictional student is responsible for his own antics at school....

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 7:26 pm UTC

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In the short story, "Charles" by Shirley Jackson, a number of things can be inferred from the character's actions and interactions with others, such as that with each story Laurie tells about...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 1:33 pm UTC

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Laurie’s mom is sad and a little overwhelmed that her oldest son is growing up. The first thing that Laurie’s mom notices is that Laurie has renounced his little boy clothes and started wearing...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 1:12 am UTC

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Though personification in literature usually refers to animals or inanimate objects taking on human traits, personification can also mean "an imaginary person that represents a thing or idea." If...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 12:35 am UTC

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Laurie's parents never make an effort to ascertain the real truth about their son's fictional classmate, Charles. Their complacency stems from their belief that he is telling the truth. Laurie...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018 9:00 am UTC

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Like the other Educator response states, exposition is defined as the part of the plot in which the author tells the reader necessary information they need in order to understand what is happening...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 7:20 pm UTC

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While Laurie may lie to his parents as a way to express his guilt without suffering the consequences, there are also other reasons as to why he might lie to his parents. Throughout the short story,...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2017 11:11 am UTC

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The narrator of the story is Laurie’s mother. This story describes a little boy starting kindergarten from the point of view of his well-meaning but generally clueless mother. She tends to take...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015 2:15 am UTC

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Laurie’s father does not seem to notice that his son's behavior is inappropriate, which might explain Laurie’s behavior. Laurie’s father is not much of a disciplinarian. When his son is rude to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 3:38 am UTC

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Laurie adjusts to kindergarten’s expectations and begins to behave better when the teacher asks him to help her. When Laurie first starts kindergarten, he is a real terror. His parents have no...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2015 3:58 am UTC

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Laurie's mother notices that her son becomes bolder. Laurie is no longer the timid "sweet-voiced nursery-school tot" of a year ago. In his place is a loud and often brash character whom Laurie's...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 10:23 pm UTC

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