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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Nurafiqah Yusof

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

October 14, 1991
(page 27)
"...he said something to me I don't think I will forget this semester or ever.
'Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.'" Charlie is the average Joe; he blends in and
doesn't try to make himself known. He enjoys
staying on the sidelines and prefers to observe,
rather than participate. Charlie Me Love can come in any shape or form. The way we
see it depends on our interpretation of "love". Some
people would only accept the love or affection that
they think they deserve, because they either think they aren't good enough for affection beyond their level or they think that love below their level is not love. The symbol is a flower. A flower is a common thing,
and can be found almost everywhere. What distinguishes
one flower from another is the color of their petals and
maybe their distinct smell. This represents Charlie: he is normal and you can find Charlies everywhere. But, again, what makes this Charlie different from other Charlies is the way he reacts to situations and his experiences. This is the scene from where Sam and Patrick takes Charlie into the tunnel and Sam to stands at the back of the tuck. The bright lights outside of the tunnel made me feel free and happy, especially the description of Sam standing at the back, with her arms outstretched. He feels happy in that scene and in turn, it makes the reader happy because Charlie is seen as depressed and traumatized by past events. October 28, 1991 (page 42)
"...Anyway, Patrick started driving really fast, and just before we got to the tunnel. Sam stood up, and the wind turned her dress into ocean waves...When we got out of the tunnel, Sam screamed this really fun scream, and there it was. Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder...
And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." The phrase "And I swear...we were infinite" has become quite popular amongst fans of this book. This symbol, the infinity, represents the seemingly endlessness of teenage-hood because of the drama teens tend to face during this time. The infinity also represents the phrase "forever young", which also refers to the want and need of staying young and not having to experience the trials of adulthood. -Prefers to stand on sidelines than get hands-on
-Does not fully comprehend the
world and its ways
-Likes English class Similarities -Had a traumatic childhood
-Uses alcohol and drugs as an escape
-Is male -Female
-Does not use alcohol or drugs as an escape
-Not quiet, but not loud Teenagers now face the
"dilemma" of their parents not
understanding them and being
judged by their everyday
actions. The same goes for
Charlie. People don't want to
get to know him because he
is labeled as the weird kid and
the outcast. They also face the changes going
with their body, mind, and surroundings.
Charlie is only 15 and has yet to
discover who he is and his surroundings.
He learns to do so with the help of
his friends, Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth,
etc. "Growing up is not easy." There comes a time in every teenager's life where he/she matures and loses their innocence and naivety. For Charlie, he matures when he saw that there is more to life than your high school status and the physical looks. Charlie also come to terms to what had happened to him many years ago on a Sunday while he was watching TV with his favorite aunt.
He may appear intelligent beyond his years, but he's regarded as a child because of his inexperience in life. He has never been to a party, never been kissed, never done anything outside his regular cycle. "...I had never been to a party before." (page 32) "My sister was counting on me, and this was the first time anyone ever counted on me for anything." (page 127) "It's strange to think of your teachers as being people. " (page 177) "All I cared about was the fact that Sam got really hurt. And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her." (page 193) Transcendental "...And Kelly just happened to say that the transcendental movement is a close parallel to this day and age." (page 88) Adj.
Surpassing all others; superior "Army generals are one of the most transcendental people in the world." Friendship Charlie develops a crush on Sam. Sam has told him not to think of her that way because she doesn't want to ruin their friendship. He tries his best to control his feelings towards Sam, even while he was dating Mary Elizabeth. When Charlie confesses that Sam was the prettiest girl at a friendly gathering while he was dating Mary Elizabeth, it puts his friendship to the test. Was Charlie's, Mary Elizabeth's, and Sam's friendship strong enough to overlook this bump? Because of this Charlie was told to "lay low" and during this time, he went into drugs and alcohol. He felt like he has hit rock bottom without his friends around him. Mary Elizabeth Charlie Sam
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