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Charles story elements

Charles story elements

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Published by: Dedra Sheryl Carpenter on Mar 17, 2011
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Setting The story takes place at the beginning of the school year, probably sometime in the Leave It to Beaver

era of the 1950s, for it is a time when children walk to school with friends, when children and husbands come home for lunch, and when mothers stay at home to care for their house and children and to fix lunch for their family. Lunch, then, is a family event, and in “Charles” most of the conversation occurs during this important family time. Climax 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 behavior which gets him into trouble with the teacher, until the turning point, which has Charles change into a model student, teacher's pet. -First, Laurie tells his parents that Charles was fresh. -Then, getting worse, Laurie tells them that Charles hit the teacher. -Then, worse still, Laurie tells them that Charles hit a girl in the head with the seesaw and she was badly hurt and bleeding. -Then, Laurie says that Charles was yelling so loud that he was kept after school, only the whole class stayed with him. -When Laurie tells his parents that Charles had kicked the teacher's friend and would probably be kicked out of school. -Charles is established in the household as a terror of a child. Laurie's mother can't wait to go to parent-teacher night to meet the child's mother.

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