Essay On Charles By Shirley Jackles

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In the short story “Charles” written by Shirley Jackson, Laurie, a young kindergartener who is able to run around causing trouble without his parents knowing or even suspecting anything. Laurie is an arrogant, yet creative and persuasive child.
Laurie is creative. Laurie is able to think of ideas on the spot when he lies about the true identity of Charles. He says that Charles is bigger than him and that “he doesn’t have any rubbers and he doesn’t wear a jacket” (2). The little details that he can easily provide show much creativity. When he imagines Charles, he is acting like a painter with a blank canvas, he could have painted a few simple black lines but instead, he paints or imagines a canvas with lots of squiggles and colours. On top of that, Laurie can think of a lot of different ways to make trouble. He does not learn how to make trouble from anybody else because he is new to school which does not give him time to pick up this kind of behaviour from someone else. His teacher does not mention that he was influenced by anybody. He gets in trouble on the first day of scho...

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