In “Charles” by Shirley Jackson, the narrator is also one of the main characters directly involved in the action – Laurie’s mother.
The entire story is told from the mother’s point of view, which makes the story a first-person narrative. The mother has a limited point of view of the events, as she only knows what Laurie tells her and her husband:
“The teacher spanked a boy, though,” Laurie said, addressing his bread and butter. “For being fresh,” he added, with his mouth full.
“What did he do?” I asked. “Who was it?”
Laurie thought. “It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.” (p. 1, ll. 20-26)
In this case, the narrator is naive, as her impression of her child is wrong;...