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The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Samantha Trancoso

on 22 May 2014

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Transcript of The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Essential Question: Is it necessary to have friends?
Literary Device: Symbolism
" It was me standing up in the the tunnel with the wind on my face. Not caring if I saw downtown. Not even thinking about it. Because I was standing in the tunnel. And I was really there. And that was enough for me to make me feel infinite" (Epilogue.21). The tunnel for Charlie symbolized him feeling infinite, feeling free. The tunnel was a place where Sam, Patrick and Charlie would drive through and stand up in the back of the pick up truck while music played. They even had a song for this place, they called it the "tunnel song".
Literary Device: Irony
Literary Device: Metaphor
"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" (pg38).
I would recommend this book to a teenager. The reason i would is because I think teenage years are the hardest years to live just like in this case is happening for Charlie. This book shows that if you surround yourself by the right people you can get through high school or anything and it is important for teens to know that. Not only can teenagers read this book but so can adults. What i loved about the book was that it was not just plain drama and sadness but it was also pretty funny at times. If you do read this book I am sure that you will be laughing too especially when it come to one of the main characters, Patrick. But if you like depressing books than yes, this book does have some sad parts that will for sure bring some tears to your eyes. What I didn't like about this book was that the book is all over the place. It makes sense though since the entire book is all letters from Charlie to someone. That is also what bugged me the most the book never tells you who Charlie is writing to.
Plot Device:
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky

In the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, friendship is an essential part of the theme. With friendship Charlie learns that he can be infinite, " And in that moment, I swear we were infinite" (39). Charlie used to be a loner kid who suffered from anxiety before he met Sam and Patrick. Although Charlie's anxiety continued it was less than before. After Charlie met them both he started to hang out with them more, aside the difference that he was a freshman and they were both seniors. They described him as a wallflower, "He's a wallflower... you see things you keep quiet of them and you understand" (37). This was probably why not only Sam and Patrick liked him so much but all of their friends as well. With this Charlie finally felt like he belonged somewhere for the first time. Before Sam and Patrick, Charlie had recently lost his best friend, Micheal,who had committed suicide. That really impacted Charlie. " Well, I think Micheal was a nice guy and I don't understand why he did it. As much as I feel sad, I think that not knowing is what really bothers me" (4) . Micheal's suicide was something that really hurt him but having Patrick and Sam by his side made him sort of forget about it, " Sam and Patrick looked at me. And i looked at them. And I think they knew. Not anything specifically. They just knew. And i think that's all you could ever ask for in a friend (66). You can tell that Charlie really appreciated them both because they stood by his side but once Charlie goes a few days without them it starts getting pretty bad for Charlie, " I don't know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before i knew what having a friend was like " . This quote explains how much Charlie is kind of addicted to them and relay on them.

"My Aunt Helen was my favorite person in the world "(18). The irony in this quote is that Charlie did not realize that when he was little what his aunt would do to him is abuse him sexually.

Literary Device: Allusion
"The family was sitting around, watching the final episode of M*A*S*H" (47).
In the book they are refrencing a popular 70s show that Charlie and his family used to sit down together and watch.
Literary Device: Motif
Friendship is the motif of The Perks Being A Wallflower.
The ending of the book was neutral. There wasn't anything that shocked you or made you jump off of your seat. Overall it was a nice way to sum up the whole book. I think there shouldn't be another way that the book should have ended because the ending with Charlie in the pick up truck feeling infinite is just perfect.
MLA Form
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York: Pocket, 1999. Print.
Sam is an outgoing funky teenag
who loves to have fun. She is the step sister of Patrick and together they call themselves slut and the falcon. She loves to spend her free time with her friends making plays such as the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sam has short hair and has a passion for music especially rock. That is how Charlie is introduced to music from Sam. Sam is very in love with her boyfriend but does not know he is cheating on her. Once she finds out she changes her prospective on viewing love this is why Sam is a dynamic character.
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