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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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jecca booth

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Characters
Charlie, Sam, Patrick, and Bill.
I chose these previously viewed characters because these characters are the characters that are mentioned the most. I see these characters on the inside.
Charlie says, "So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be" (Chbozky 2).
Stephen Chbosky
Bill says, "Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve" (Chbozky 24).
Sam says, "It's just that I don't want to be somebody's crush. If someone likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don't want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me. And if they do something I don't like, I'll tell them" (Chbosky 201).
Patrick says, "You see things. You keep quite about them. And you understand. You're a wallflower" (Chbosky 37).
Charlie says, "I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That's why I'm trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning" (Chbosky 94).
Charlie says, "So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But 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).
Driving through the tunnel (Chbosky 38-39), (Chbosky 212-213).
Giving each other mix tapes.
Charlie giving Sam his Beatles record that he got from his aunt Helen (Chbosky 68).
Patrick giving Charlie a suit (Chbosky 67).
Going through the tunnel symbolizes a sense of freedom that Charlie has never felt before. It's almost as though he can reach out and touch his future and dreams. The exchange of mix tapes shows the friendship between the characters. Spending the time to think of someone and to create a play list specially for that person shows great qualities of friendship. Charlie giving Sam the Beatles record that was given to him by his aunt really shows the love and devotion that he feels for her. If he is willing to give up something so special to him, he must love Sam a great deal. Patrick giving Charlie a suit for Christmas demonstrates his support for Charlies career dreams as a professional writer. The suit also represents the faith that everyone has in Charlie, and the fact that they believe that if he tries he can actually make it as a writer.
Love is sometimes complicated
There are times when sadness overtakes us
Sometimes sex and sexuality cause issues
Friendship means everything
All quotations and references are from Stephen Chbosky's 'the perks of being a wallflower.'
All images are from Deviantart.com/photography
Many of the quotations that I have chosen are famous lines from the novel. I have also chosen a few quotations that are not as popular but still mean a lot, and contain a lot of power. 'The perks of being a wallflower' is not a happy story. It contains a lot of sadness and pain; that is why I have chosen such dark and powerful, yet sad, quotations. The characters in
show many struggles throughout the novel, and in turn the lines that identify them more truly are in fact the "deep" lines. The characters previously seen greatly represent the quotations also previously viewed due to the fact that they are creative, raw, and shockingly real, just as the quotations are.
*Jecca Booth *

Work Citation
It's pretty straight forward how the pictures previously seen represent each theme also previously listed.
Love is sometimes complicated
There are times when sadness overtakes us
Sometimes sex and sexuality cause issues
Friendship means everything
A theme in the novel 'the perks of being a wallflower' is love is sometimes complicated because the novel is basically a story about a group of teenagers learning to love themselves and others, and learning to accept the love that others offer to them. Sam allows herself to be used because she needs to feel wanted. Charlie constantly loves people who don't love him back. Patrick has to hide his love. Bill loves Charlie as a friend when teachers and students can't be friends.
The theme there are times when sadness overtakes us applies to this novel due to the amount of pain and suffering that is constantly present in each character's life. Even when the characters appear to be happy, deep down inside they are actually still sad about something. Sam is sad because she let's guys treat her badly; Charlie is sad because everyone around him is hurting and he is haunted by his past; Patrick is sad because he has to hide his relationship, and his partner is ashamed to be with him; Bill is sad because watching Charlie and mentoring him reminds him of his youth when he was bullied.
In the novel 'the perks of being a wallflower' Charlie struggles with having a sexual relationship with both Mary Elizabeth, and Sam for a few reasons but mostly because he was sexual abused as a child by his aunt Helen. Sam allows guys to use her for sex because she has a low self-worth and doesn't realize how important she is. Patrick struggles with being openly gay in a time when it was barely acceptable, and having to hide his relationship because his boyfriend is in the closet. He later kisses Charlie, but it meant nothing. Bill has a wife, it doesn't talk about his sex life because nobody wants to hear about it, and it would be weird because he is a teacher.
In the novel
Charlie makes his first group of friends since his best friend Michael killed himself. The characters in this novel would do anything to help their friends when they need them. Bill gives Charlie friendly advise when he needs it to help him manage in life. Sam supports Charlie when she finds out that his best friend shot himself by welcoming him to their their group of friends. Patrick stands up for his friends when telling Charlie to leave everyone alone after he chooses Sam over his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth. Charlie helps out Patrick by beating up Brad's friends when they are gang beating Patrick even though Charlie and Patrick weren't talking to each other.
Bill mentors Charlie through books and poetry. He understands what it's like to be the outcast. As a child he was bullied and had no one there to support him. Bill really loves charlie as a close friend. He shows his kind love and support to Charlie through words and written art.
Patrick feels very sad, alone, and hurt. He always hides his feelings beneath the surface for the sake of others. His life is quite complicated and hard to handle at times. He truly has many issues that he buries behind appearances and flamboyant humor.
Sam is beautifully feminine and fragile. She has wisdom, and delicacy. At times she has a worn down look which shows the emotional turmoil that Sam has been through. People used to make a habit of using her and treating her badly. Sam tries her best to seem strong when really at any moment she could fall apart.
Charlie is a deeply disturbed character who feels not only his sadness, but the sadness of everyone around him. He is haunted by his past and tortured by his present. Though there is light in his life, Charlie is constantly dragged into darkness over and over again. He is swallowed whole by grief and depression.
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