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The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Kate Colley

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of The Perks of Being A Wallflower

By: Kate Colley A4 by:Stephen Chbosky Setting:
Time- 1991-1992
Place- Pennsylvania Character Analysis: Charlie Theme: Acceptance Conflicts Man vs. Himself:
As Charlie approaches his freshman year of high school, he struggles with depression and the loss of his best friend Michael. Charlie has trouble with things in his everyday life. Plot Summary With the recent loss of his best friend Michael, Charlie was forced to face high school alone. Not only was he going to have to face typical freshman troubles, which no one ever looks forward too, but now he was going to be isolated with no one to turn to. (“I just don't want you to worry about me, or think you've met me, or waste your time anymore.”) He does eventually build up enough courage and befriends two seniors, Patrick and Sam. Although they introduce Charlie to a world of sex, drugs, and trouble, they actually accepted him for who he really was. In my opinion, Patrick and Sam did not try to change Charlie, they simply exposed him to a world he had never seen before. (“I don't even remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere.”) Charlie's English teacher, Bill, seemed to also do the same. Bill helped and encouraged Charlie by giving him books to read, essays to write, and someone to talk to. (“Charlie, you’re one of the most gifted people I’ve ever known. And I don’t mean in terms of my other students. I mean in terms of anyone I’ve ever met.”) Considering Charlie had nothing like this at home, he could trust Bill, Patrick, and Sam. Throughout the novel Charlie must overcome his own depression, social adversities, death, and love. (“He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”) A coming-of-age novel Conflict:
-Man vs. Himself
-Man vs Society Motif:
-Journey Man vs. Society:
Charlie has to face his social fears put on by society in order to fit in and feel accepted. Once he becomes friends with Sam and Patrick, you begin to see a change in his self-image. Throughout the novel, Charlie deals with social adversities that he has to understand and overcome. A major theme of the perks of being a wallflower is acceptance. Patrick, Sam, and Bill all learn to accept Charlie for who he is. Throughout freshman year Charlie begins to understand and accept himself. Acceptance is represented all throughout the novel. It can be shown and desired by any character. The theme is relatable and allows the reader to be invested in the characters and the storyline. Acceptance is something that everyone wants, but may not know how to achieve. The theme impacted me personally in the way I want to treat other people and the way I want to be treated. http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=7307583&height=267&width=200 http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=7307620&height=267&width=200 Patrick Charlie Patrick "Nothing" Fatal Flaw: Patrick has qualities that are rejected by society. To deal with the prejudice he is experiencing he turns to partying. These negative influences led to more problems. "I think it was the first time in my life I ever felt like I looked “good.” Do you know what I mean? That nice feeling when you look in the mirror, and your hair’s right for the first time in your life?" "We accept the love we think we deserve." "Sam and Patrick looked at me. And I looked at them. And I think they knew. Not anything specific really. They just knew. And I think that's all you can ever ask from a friend." -Charlie is beginning to accept himself for who he is and not what he thinks he should be. -If we are confident and secure we accept only those people in our lives that are positive and supportive.
When Charlie said this to Sam, it showed that they trusted each other and that their relationship was strong. -This quote began to show that they have a real friendship and could accept each other for who they are. “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.” "He's something, isn't he? He's a wallflower." "Listen, you call me Patrick, or you call me nothing." "I'm going away to college, right? It'll be different there. You know what I mean?" The journey motif takes the reader through Charlie's experiences, both high and low. These experiences enable him to overcome obstacles and gain a better understanding of who he wants to be. Motif: Journey "And in that moment, I swear we
were infinite." Fatal Flaw: Charlie has
built up walls and doesn't let anyone in. He does this by keeping to himself. He begins to become more outgoing once he meets his true friends. Event then he still struggles with his depression.
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