What is the mood of the story "Charles"?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mood is the feeling an author deliberately creates through the use of
language and images, particularly in the treatment of the setting, the place or location of the story. You can think of mood as an effect that the author tries to achieve through a consistent and repeated use of similar details. The details that are constantly repeated in "Charles" are how awful Charles behavior is and how that bad behavior escalates. This creates a mystery about who this child is and who his mother can be. The irony comes at the end of the story when the reader finds out what he/she has already suspected. Charles does not exist; he is simply a character young Laurie has created to mirror his own behavior. Consequently, two moods are prevalent in the story. The first is mysterious and the second is ironic.