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What is the theme of "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

An important theme in the story "Charles" is people's blindness to the flaws of those closest to them—and also their enabling of these flaws. Although Laurie is constantly talking about Charles's...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 2:39 am UTC

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What is the lesson of the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?  

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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What are some examples of foreshadowing in "Charles?"

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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what are some of the characteristics of Laurie in "Charles"?

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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What is the internal and external conflict in "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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How does Shirley Jackson use irony in the story "Charles"? 

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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What is the plot of "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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From what point of view is this story told?

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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What are some clues that Charles is actually Laurie in the story "Charles?"

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

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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What are 3 examples of Laurie's bad behavior at home in the story "Charles"?  

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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What is the setting of "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

“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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Give three examples of Charles's bad behavior at school.

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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What are some examples of foreshadowing in the story "Charles"? 

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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What clues to the identity of Charles can you find in the opening paragraph of the story?

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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What are some key quotes in the short story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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What is the irony in Shirley Jackson's story “Charles”?

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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Explain how Charles became a household joke at Laurie’s home in Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles."

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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As seen in "Charles," describe Laurie's behavior at home and define how is it similar to Charles' behavior at school?

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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In the story "Charles," how does Laurie feel about his/Charles' behavior?

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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According to the narrator, how did Laurie change when he started kindergarten in the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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What are some possible reasons for Laurie to invent Charles in "Charles?"

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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What would the climax of the short story "Charles" be?

The climax of a story, also sometimes referred to as the crisis in literary terms, refers to the turning point of the story that informs the reader of the general way the story is going to end....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

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Who is the protagonist, antagonist, and catalyst?  What is the theme?  What is the conflict?

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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What is the exposition of the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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What is the main idea of "Charles"?

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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In "Charles," what/how can readers infer about how Laurie’s mom felt about Laurie growing up?  

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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Laurie's mother worries that kindergarten is unsettling for Laurie. Why does she worry about Charles's behavior?

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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What are some literary elements used in Shirley Jackson's "Charles"?

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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In the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson, what are some similarities between Laurie and Charles?

"Charles," like Shirley Jackson's most well-known short story, "The Lottery," has a few surprises and, certainly, a surprising ending. Within the story, however, Jackson has left a fair number of...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 6:40 pm UTC

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What are the vocabulary words for the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

"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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In "Charles," who is Laurie's mother looking for at the P.T.A meeting?

At the P.T.A. meeting Laurie's mother is looking for the mother of Charles, the horrid little brat who's supposed to have been causing all kinds of trouble at the kindergarten. She'd like to have a...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 7:40 am UTC

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According to the mother, how did Laurie change when he started kindergarten?

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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In the short story, "Charles" by Shirley Jackson, what are the internal and external conflicts, and how are they...

The short story “Charles” by Shirley Jackson there are examples of both internal and external conflict. The protagonist, Laurie, exhibits conflict within himself, internal conflict. As a young...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 4:26 pm UTC

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What is the relationship and significance between Charles and Laurie in the Shirley Jackson short story "Charles"?

In my opinion, Laurie's parents are in denial about what their son has become. Laurie displays the characteristics of Charles at home, and his parents ignore the behavior. Laurie is quite proud of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 10:52 pm UTC

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In Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles," why did Laurie create an imaginary boy named Charles ?

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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What is the mood of the story "Charles"?

The mood of "Charles" is darkly humorous. At the beginning of the story, readers are sympathetic to the narrator, Laurie's mother, as she adjusts to her son's newfound independence and confidence...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 2:53 pm UTC

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What are the key character traits of Laurie's mother?

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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In the short story, "Charles", by Shirley Jackson, what can a reader infer from the main character's actions and...

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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What are some themes in Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles"?

Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles" has a simple plot as well as a relatively simple theme. A young boy named Laurie goes off to his first day of school, and he comes home and tells his parents...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013 11:46 pm UTC

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What are the settings in "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

The settings in the story are the home and the school. Laurie is a little boy who lives in a house with his parents. The story takes place during his first year of school. Almost all the action...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 3:58 am UTC

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Is there a personification in Charles, and if there is, what is it?

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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In story "Charles," why does Laurie begin to cooperate at school?

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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Who is narrating the short story "Charles"? 

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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Why does Laurie's mother miss the first P.T.A. meeting in "Charles"?

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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In "Charles," why did Laurie’s parents take so long to find out the truth about Charles?  

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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What is the plot of the story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson? 

"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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What is an example of symbolism in the short story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson?

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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At what point in the Shirley Jackson short story "Charles" did you figure out the ending? What led you to this...

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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What are three clues Jackson gives that indicate that Laurie, not Charles, is the problem?

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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