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Charles by Shirley Jackson

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There is a little boy called Laurie who just got into kindergarten. Always when he returns from kindergarten, he tells his mother and his father what a boy called “Charles” did. His parents think that his Charles is a very bad influence for Laurie, because suddenly, his grammar got worse, he became unfriendly and plays pranks on his parents and so on.

Charles by Shirley Jackson

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In the first two weeks, Charles always does something bad. He throws with chalks, hits the teacher, because the teacher told him to paint something in red, but he wanted it in green, disturbs story time in the kindergarten, and he even yelled out loud. He had to stay after school and somehow all the other children stayed with him – also Laurie.
Now, the parents really worry about this boy, because Laurie has been influenced by him quite a lot.

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The third weeks remained peacefully, suddenly. The parents couldn’t even believe what Laurie told them. Charles collected the books which laid on the floor, gave the crayons around and for his nice behaviour he received an apply from the kindergarten teacher and was called “her helper”.

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Laurie’s parents are curious to find out more about the Charles’ mother next week during the PTA meeting.

Peace didn’t rest for too long, because just the week afterwards Charles made a little girl say a very bad word (unknown in the story) and even made her cry. He also punched another boy in his stomach and hit the teacher again and he said the bad word himself several times!

At the PTA meeting finally, Laurie’s mother was very curious to find out more about Charles’ mother. But no one stood up to apologize for Charles’ behaviour nor was he mentioned one single time. As soon as the mother spotted Laurie’s (and Charles’) kindergarten teacher, the teacher said that Laurie is an interesting boy and that there were some problems with him adjusting to a peaceful kindergarten life. The mother told the teacher that he talks about kindergarten every day and supposes that these behavioural problems are all due to Charles. Then she jokes a bit and says that the teacher must have her hands full with the boy Charles. But the only reply she gets from the teacher is that there is no such a boy called Charles…

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Many people, who visited my summary of Charles asked me what the connection of Charles'/Laurie's mother with Shirley Jackson is. I tried to figure it out and I didn't find anything deep, but from what I know, both of them are female and mothers. I know, it sounds obvious, but I don't believe there is more to it. Both mothers. End of story ;).

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      sadia 18 months ago

      sooooooooooooooo funny story .i love it

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      Cheese 4 me 2 years ago

      I think that this is a good summary but please shorten it a little so we could understand it in an easier way

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      melonda jj 2 years ago

      Jjxnxn

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      elham 2 years ago

      thank you it was great

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      Miracle 2 years ago

      Compare and contrast Charles and Miss Awful please I don't understand.

      =-_(

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      damein 3 years ago

      i have a problem with conclusion this story made me have a anxioty attack

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      Slaven Cvijetic 3 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      In literature, something that is real is typically accepted by the protagonists as being their superior reality. anything that is dissonating with their look on reality can be an illusion. I would say

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      kcali 3 years ago

      how does a person decide what is real and what is an illusion

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      Slaven Cvijetic 3 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Read it carefully again.

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      lulu 3 years ago

      I don't get it

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      Slaven Cvijetic 3 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Charles is just an invention of Laurie. We discussed this in class in more detail, but this was last year or so.

      The story of Jean Lively sounds interesting. Maybe some day, I will have the time to have a look at it.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      It seems that Charles and Laurie are one and the same person or Laurie is just making up stories. There really is no Charles. I think Laurie is just teasing and fantasizing. Shirley Jackson is an interesting author. Im interested in author Jean Lively who wrote The Flight of the Snowbird. Its about a boy Benjy and his autistic sister Sheryl. It takes place in a cold snowy climate such as the northern US or Canada. What year was this story published? This story is reproduced and can be seen and read on the Internet but there is no information about its author Jean Lively. There are numerous people with the name Jean Lively all over the US. But which one is the author of this story? I read this story in an American Literature book in 7th grade in 1981-1982. Its an unforgettable story.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      yeah it really was! thanks for the comment!

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      chris 4 years ago

      that was a really funny when the mom went to the PTA meeting and there was no charles......LOL

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      thanks for commenting ;) Spread the word!

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      prince hadi 4 years ago

      Soooooooo interesting story. I love it.........

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I am note here to make your homework Adi ;).

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      you're welcome!

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      charley 4 years ago

      thanks for this summary of charles :)

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      Adi 4 years ago

      1: what do you think was going on in kindergarten teacher's mind as she was talking to Laurie's mothe? What do you think was going on in the mind of Laurie's mother as she spoke with the teacher??..

      2: laurie's parents were very eager to meet Charle's mother.

      Part of the fun of the story lies in their surpris at the end. Write a personal story of a great surprise that you or someone you know has had

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Thanks!

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      SS 4 years ago

      awesome summary of charles by shirley jackson!

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Hey Adi! Thanks for your comment on my "charles summary" hub! ;)

      Check out my other hubs - there will be more on literature in the near future, I'm just quite busy now and stuff ;)

      Spread the word about "mbyL - hubpages" (go tell everyone about me;) )

      Take care!

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      Adi,Shirley 4 years ago

      ThiS humorous story demonstrates how even individuals living under the same roof may not fully realize the exten of each others true behaviors or the nature of each others true Identities !

      Mbyl- thank you ;)

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      yes that's actually true! Maybe this is even the solution to the question some asked me... I was seeking a deeper answer, but perhaps it's just this simple ;)

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      thanks for your opinion ;) She wrote good things!

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      Karen 4 years ago

      Both women and mothers ;)

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      justgrace1776 4 years ago

      I love Shirley Jackson. :)

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I couldn't find out what they have in common. Charles' mom is by the way Laurie's mom. Should you have it in class you can tell me if you like. I will try to find this out later again.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Look at the answers of the other people who asked the same.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Look at the answer of Adi. I tried to find an answer, but I think they don't have something in common.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I tried to figure this out and I must admit I don't think that they have something in common...

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      Dana 4 years ago

      What does Shirley Jackson and narrator (Charles mom) as in common??...

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      SSS 4 years ago

      What does Shirley Jackson and charles mom have in common??

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      Shirley 4 years ago

      I need this for work completed pleas help me. :)

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      Adi 4 years ago

      What does't Shirley Jackson and Charles mom as in common???

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      Slaven Cvijetic 4 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I am sorry, but I don't get your question completely...

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      Shirley 4 years ago

      What does't auther and the narrator in common???????

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