Scenes of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse occur repetitively throughout the novel. The story starts off with Charlie mourning his friend who commits suicide and continues with more instances in the story where abuse takes place: Charlie witnessed a girl being raped at a party in his house a few years ago, Charlie says his grandfather hit Aunt Helen and his mother when they were younger, Charlie’s friend Sam was sexually touched by her father’s friend, Charlie’s sister becomes pregnant and her boyfriend denies that it’s his and breaks up with her, Brad’s father catches Brad kissing a boy, Patrick, and beats him up, Brad’s friend’s start a fight with Patrick in the cafeteria, and Charlie keeps feeling more and more depressed about the death of his Aunt Hele...
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... death was all his fault and that it was probably better that he had never been born. He then finds out that she was the reason why Charlie is as emotionally unstable as he is because she had abused him all throughout his childhood. But despite knowing all these things, Charlie finds it in his heart to forgive what she did to him and sympathizes with the fact that she was abused too, and the person who abused her and so on. This is very much a religiously charitable moment because Charlie has decided to forgive a person who had brought the most hardships to his life instead of choosing to be angry and dwell about what had happened to him. Charlie moves on and decides that he wants to live his life and it’s evident because he stops writing his letters. Charlie’s character and attitude throughout the novel is what I believe makes this a story sentimental to any reader.
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