The Charmer by Budge Wilson

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"The Charmer" by Budge Wilson is a short story about a Canadian family that finds misfortune and conflict within their lives. Conflict being the predominant theme which directly affects all the participants in the family. The story is written in third person and narrated from the young girl Winifred's point of view. Budge Wilson uses Zack's smothered childhood, charming personality and irresponsible behaviour to create emotional conflict between members of the family.
Growing up as a happy and popular young man, Zack creates himself a perfect reputation which left room for love and smothering from his mother and two sisters. His mother and sisters love him very much and show this love by being at his every beckoning. Winifred is no
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"Forgive me, duchess. [And] "Thank you, my angel." She'd put her head on one side with that adoring look of hers, and say, "Be off with you! You're a real devil!" (Wilson, 102).

His creative use of words and constant flattery could fool his family into forgiveness. This method of getting people's gratitude did not last forever as eventually his era came to an end when his loved ones learnt to see past his charm. His constant apologies are another form of his charm. "Zack delivered apologies that would have bought tears to a preacher's eyes." (Wilson, 103). This caption shows he is able to continue to get away with whatever he wanted. His younger sister is the first to see through Zack's falseness and it is shown by the line: "The kind of dramatic repentance has a lot more clout than simple, everyday good behaviour, and he really knew how to bring it off." (Wilson, 103). The extract shows Winnifred's honest opinion of Zack and how he uses his charm to get along in life keeping everybody happy, whilst continuing to misbehave. The charm brings happiness to the house but after Zack begins to exploit his skill the conflict starts up and so did his irresponsibility.
Zack's ability to block out others to get what he wants becomes very obvious later on in the short story. It becomes apparent through the form of lack of consideration towards his loves ones. He does what he wants at the time and does not consider others. It is first noticed when he becomes
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