People are built on the connections and will to love and be loved. All of the character in The Perks of Being a Wallflower strive to find and show this love each in their own unique way. The relationship the character longed for was not what it seemed, and the love they gave was never returned because
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year and is published in 31 languages written by Stephen Chbosky. The story is narrated by a socially awkward teenager named Charlie. He shares many different points of his life through letters to a stranger he’s heard of but never met to soften the fear and anxiety of starting a high school alone, since he’s coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael.
To begin with, he had to bear seeing a dead girl's body, and then having to keep it from everyone else. Of course, Charlie ends up liking Laura's sister Eliza, and has to talk to her without telling her the truth about Laura. On top of all of that, Charlie finds his mom cheating with another guy, and has to endure that and keep pushing through with his dad. Imagine what it was like for Charlie to go through all that? What would you do if you were in Charlie's position and had to go through all of the things that
Before Charlie had the operation preformed on him, he had friends at the bakery he worked at. They were not really his friends because they always made jokes about Charlie, but he was not smart enough to realize it. As he gets smarter he loses his friends because they think he is just trying to act smart.
As one grows up, it becomes easy to forget what it was like to be a misunderstood teen. The woes of life become so hectic that they overpower any memory previously believed by one’s teenage mind to be a struggle. This is why Young Adult Literature exists; to remind aging adults just how difficult those years of angst really were. One such book that successfully accomplishes this great task is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Whether the reader is 12 or 112, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a relatable YA book that pulls at the heart strings with every page read.
Charlie has a difficult time dealing with any given situation, due to all the disturbing events that have taken place previously in his life. This makes it hard for Charlie not to relate the old memories to the situation he is in. For example, when Charlie first met his new best friends,
Have you ever felt like you were socially awkward? Well in the book of the perks of being a wallflower a kid named Charlie has a hard time knowing what to do to socialize, in the movie Mean Girls a girl named Katy comes from Africa and also doesn’t know what to do socially, so they both have similar social skills, both causing them to be social outcasts. In the book Charlie starts his freshmen year out friendless and he is not really sure on what he is to do to make a friend. But he meets Sam and Patrick and just goes with them because he felt comfortable around them. In the movie Mean Girls Katy arrives at school and also doesn’t know how to make friends but then Janis
The mind of a teenager is a strange commodity, and even more strange is the thought process of a fifteen year old by the name of Charlie. Charlie has been through hell in his life, and throughout the book, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, he suffers even more. He has grown up relatively normal until the day his Aunt Helen died. His life was no longer the same from then on out. He distanced himself and repeatedly put himself in the hospital.
A wallflower is someone who prefers to be on the outside of the crowd; someone who hears, sees, and understands things that nobody else does. Stephen Chbosky writes a powerful and intriguing novel showing that “… even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” (Chbosky 211). The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in1999 by Gallery Books, is simply extraordinary. Stephen Chbosky is a screenwriter, director, and novelist. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has also been made into a major motion picture staring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson; Stephen Chbosky was the screenwriter and director for this movie as well. The Perks of Being a Wallflower will show the reader what it is like to be a wallflower.
Teenagers are faced with many life changing decisions everyday, whether it is to study for the upcoming test or to how to express their sexuality. In the The Perks of being a Wallflower these issues are faced by Charlie everyday. Stephen Chbosky, writes this book through the words of a 15 year old freshmen in high school. Charlie faces many crossroads throughout this story, but in the end he was able to learn from these struggles and become the man he has always wanted to be. Stephen Chbosky shows the struggles of being teenager through imagery and various life changing events.
Throughout the entire book, The Perks of being a Wallflower, I can’t help but notice how dramatically Charlie’s life changes from a quit, questionable kid to an approachable teen that just does what he’s told. He’s honest, faithful, and passionate and that never changes, but over time Charlie begins to understand how to define those features in a more discerning way. Although Charlie expresses himself by crying throughout the entire book, he also grows to apprehend the importance of cherishing each moment of his life. He’s often very confused but accepts that, and goes on with the exception of questioning anything and everything. He also learns to accept the fact that life isn’t fair you’ll never fully understand why a lot of things happen; and strangely, he seems the handle that well. He often just goes with the flow, sometimes too much, and makes all the burdens of his life seem to grow heavier.
For Charlie, Ignorance is bliss. He realizes that his so called ?friends? were just using him to entertain their perverse humor. Also, he was also fired from the job that he loved so much because his new intelligence made those around him feel inferior and scared. This sends Charlie into a short depression. His life was better before the experiment because he had a job he looked forward to and ?friends?.
One reason why Charlie is an interesting character is because he is a football genius. I swear he knows the tendencies, stats, and just about everything about every single player active or retired. He even knows more than most team owners, including Joe Warren, the owner of his favorite team the Los Angeles Bulldogs. Mr. Warren is also one of Charlie’s best friends. Charlie is the king of fantasy football. He seemingly always knows when a player might have a breakout year or a big season. Many of Charlie’s opponents are intrigued when he picks up Tom Pinkett, an old back-up quarterback. Joe Warren, also looking for a veteran quarterback for his Bulldogs, signs Tom to a contract. Tom ends up having a great start
They are all middle to upper middle class Caucasian adolescents living in a suburban environment. Sam, Patrick, and the other 3 members of their clique are all seniors in high school and Charlie is only a freshman. Through the experiences of Charlie and his new friends, The Perks of Being a Wallflower provides excellent examples of cliques and crowds, dating scripts, the identity status model, externalizing problems, internalizing problems, and