Going to school is often and interesting and new experience for children. In this case, Laurie not only made school interesting for himself and his classmates, he had his parents wondering about a certain troubled child named Charles. Charles was not a real child though, he was only and imaginary friend that Laurie had created to draw attention from his parents. Laurie told his parents all of the bad things “Charles” did in school, but Laurie was actually the one doing the bad things. Charles was just used as the scapegoat so that the blame would be turned away from Laurie and put on somebody else (Jackson219-222).
When Laurie’s parents showed him a lack of attention, he would make comments such as Shirkey 2 “Look down, look at my thumb, gee you’re dumb!” (Jackson 220). His parents would not punish him or reprimand him for making rude comments. Since little comments would not get their attention, he decided to go to more extreme measures, thus “Charles” was created for that purpose. At home, whenever somebody would act in a rude way the comment “Looks like a Charles”
Cited: Jackson, Shirley. “Charles.” Student’s Book of College English. 9th edition. Ed. David Skwire and Harvey S. Wiener. New York: Longman, 2002. 219-222. Petry, Ann. “Doby’s Gone.” Student’s Book of College English. 9th edition. Ed. David Skwire and Harvey S. Wiener. New York: Longman, 2002. 436-440.