The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming of age story about a teenage boy named Charlie who is entering into his freshman year of high school and trying to cope with death, life, friends, and sexuality. Chobosky does a remarkable job at describing all of these issues through the eyes of a shy, introvert teen. The reader will be shocked, amazed, and grateful to join Charlie in his walk down the road of realization and growing up.
The story is actually written as a series of letters from Charlie to an anonymous “friend”. Charlie reveals his secrets, stories, fears, worries, and observations to this “friend.” Perks is based in Western Pennsylvania and Charlie is starting his freshman year of high school when the story beings. He’s reluctant and unsure of himself and enters the school year with a handful of struggles and insecurities. He is still trying to understand and cope with the suicide of his best friend from the previous year. As well as being haunted with guilt from the death of a close aunt from his childhood, Charlie is left feeling despondent and confused.
Charlie has no companions upon entering high school but soon is befriended by a small group of seniors. Sam, Patrick, and Brad, who all play important roles in the story, try hard to teach Charlie that life should be lived and not watched. On the journey to eradicate Charlie fr...
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- Scene Being Changed: (Chbosky 202-213) The scene being changed is the day that Sam, Charlie’s love interest, leaves for college. The previous night, things had gotten intimate between her and Charlie, but Charlie freaked out when she began to touch him. That night, he had a dream about his Aunt Helen touching him the same way that Sam did. On the day that Sam left, Charlie returned home and reality sank in. Here, we realize that Charlie had “gotten bad again;” He had lost all of his friends, he had no one to comfort him, and he was beginning to think that the dream he had about his Aunt Helen was an actual memory.... [tags: being a wallflower, aunt helen]
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- Passivity Vs. Passion The Perks of Being a Wallflower is by no means a typical narrative. Taking the form of an epistolary novel presented as a series of letters from a boy who calls himself Charlie, but notes that he will change names and minor details so for the sake of his anonymity, the short novel tackles themes such as pedophilia, drug use, depression, abortion and many more complex issues. Stuck in the middle of the mix is a young boy who certainly is not the archetypal protagonist, the novel's wallflower.... [tags: Wallflower Perks Book Analysis]
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- Being a teenager is quite an awkward time in a person’s life, it is like being a mutation, half-child and half-adult, losing innocence along the way. Around the age of 14 people hit high school and life begins to change for both males and females. Girls and boys officially start their journey into women and men, hitting many bumps and hurdles on the road to discover themselves. In the novels, Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, two very different boys begin the voyage into adulthood both making mistakes and facing obstacles along their way.... [tags: Human sexual behavior, Sexual intercourse, Male]
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- The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Unbanned The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky is banned due to the use of drugs, alcohol, and smoking. There are occurrences of homosexuality, homosexuals and offensive language. There are multiple occasions with sexually explicit content and has been deemed unsuited for minors. I believe this book should not be banned to any grade higher than elementary because it deals with real life situations and delivers a very powerful message that many people can relate to.... [tags: High school, College, Middle school]
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- The only way to truly do justice to this story is to tell it as Charlie would, so here it goes. Dear friend, or perhaps just readers, I know nothing about you, not you age, race, gender, or favorite color. This however goes both ways, all you really know about me is what you are reading right now. It is important to note at this point in the narrative that much of the impacts the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower had on me are not obvious. Very few of my peers or can tell the immense impact this story had on me.... [tags: Emotion, Feeling]
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- In the movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower the audience learns a great deal about, Charlie, the main character’s life and how his past traumas affect him psychologically (Chbosky, 2012). Charlie is a 15-year-old boy who is coping with his best friend’s suicide, in addition to struggling with Posttraumic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Chbosky, 2012). When Charlie was younger, his favorite Aunt, Helen, raped him, although he did not seem to fully understand that until he was hospitalized (Chbosky, 2012).... [tags: Psychology, Major depressive disorder, Suicide]
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- The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age film that chronicles the life of a boy named Charlie. Charlie is 15 years old and has just begun his first year of high school. He will give a detailed account of the joys and pains of his freshman year in high school. He begins by writing letters to an unknown stranger, but then, you realize that stranger is you. Through these Charlie tells his story from his perspective. He will experience many highs and lows related to the adolescence phase. The highlights of the paper will focus on the biological/physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural issues, as well as his strengths and challenges.... [tags: Adolescence, High school, Developmental psychology]
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- Being in high school has its ups and downs. We all have experienced those weird situations, for example, trying to meet new friends or trying to fit in. Charlie learns that he has to stick up for what is right and realizes that he cannot let people walk all over him. Charlie made friends by that because they loved how he went about his life. Stephen Chbosky’s, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” suggests that high school is just part of growing up. Charlie is a wallflower and being socially awkward he finds a way to have a successful journey through high school.... [tags: Friendship, High school, Writing]
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- Uncertainty, discomfort, insecurity, and the need to feel accepted are characteristics that most of society have experienced. Primarily most adolescents in high school have the tendency to feel this way, but it is essential to their personal growth.In Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Charlie the main character lives a difficult childhood but learns to overcome these troubles. Charlie’s experiences in his freshman year of High School were both positive and negative, and consisted of him living through the year learning, and having difficulties due to his coming of age.... [tags: Love, Friendship, Wine, Emotion]
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