Charles By Shirley Jackson Summary

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The plot of “Charles”, a story by Shirley Jackson, relies on the reader not realizing that Laurie is Charles until the end. Critics have remarked that "even the most careless reader is sure to see through Laurie's lies well before his parents do" and many readers would agree with this judgment. One reason they agree with this statement is because Laurie tells stories about Charles and gives more information than others witnessing the event would. For example, when Charles tells the little girl to say a bad word, Laurie knew which word and how many times he told the girl to say it. Readers also agree because the parents would drop something and say “It must be Charles.”Shortly after the family started saying this, Laurie came home
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