Life Events In Short Stories : The Importance Of Life

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Life events affect people, as human beings, and change who he or she do or do not become, whether individuals notice it or not. Many excellent examples of this can be found in short stories. Some of the most popular and most meaningful short stories that can help people understand the importance of life events and how they shape us are, “Charles,” by Shirley Jackson, “Drummer Boy of Shiloh,” by Ray Bradbury, and “Flowers for Algernon,” by Daniel Keyes. Initially, Charles helps readers by hinting toward the action of making sure everyone gets the right amount of attention they need, not feeding into negative things, and making sure that children are getting the right treatment at home. By making sure you give everyone the right amount of attention, more people will grow up to be better and more successful adults. This can be proven in Charles when Laurie doesn't get the right kind of attention at home so he acts out at school. If this had not been brought to the attention of the parents, this kid would have grown up to be a troublemaker and possibly a criminal. By not feeding into negativity, people would not act out as much and would do more positive things for attention instead. As Jackson states, “‘Look down,’ Laurie said. ‘Look at my thumb. Gee, you’re dumb.’” Laurie is acting out for attention that he is not getting, and as he sees it, negative attention is better than no attention at all. By making sure children grow up with the right treatment at home, there will be
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