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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Existensial Breakdown
Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower Existensial Breakdown
By: Monique Hart
Charlie Kelmeckis is an incoming freshman who hasn't really been exposed to social situations. This is until he meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors, who take him under their wing along with his english teacher Mr. Anderson who he shares a special connection with. These new relationships he forms helps him focuse on the positives of life and live authentically
"Things change, friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody."
This is evidence of Charlie growing throughout the film, and he's learning that he doesn't have to dwell on the past and let it define him. Charlie has been focusing on the negative things, but Sam and Patrick help him focus on the pleasure in life. Charlie is going to have to accept the bad things in life if he wants to live authentically. Sam helps him learn that just because you live authentically doesn't mean you can avoid the pain or issues life throws at you.
From the beginning, Charlie and Mr. Anderson shared a common intrest in literature. The two develope a special relationship, Mr. Anderson provides Charlie an outlet to express his feelings.
Through out the film Charlie is called a "wallflower" because he is very quiet and shy due to his past. Experiencing isolation is a common symptom of those who are restricted from following their authentic path.
As one can see there are very many existential concepts in this film as Charlie is taken on a journey with Sam and Patrick he learns to not let his past negative experiences such as his best friend suicide in middle school. Along with the false relationship with his aunt who in reality molested him. These experiences have hindered him from normal social relations and following his auethentic path.
This clip shows Charlie falling under peer pressure in that he refrains from raising his hand in class in fear of judgement from his classmates. In the end, it shows him participating in the class, showing existential growth in that he can ignore these social norms and be authentic in the classroom.
: Drugs are a motif throughout the movie such as Charlie's first pot brownie and acid trip. He is being exposed to these high school substances that have existential relativity in that they enhance his life and satisfy his needs. He realizes in the end that he doesn't need these substances to escape the pressures and pains of reality, but he can live authentically without his past burdening him with the help of Sam, Patrick, and Mr.Anderson.
Absurdism is also shown when his repressed memories and social implications really start to affect his life negatively, and he questions the meaning of life. The past negative experiences that have prevented him from following his authentic path lead him to attempt suicide. In the clinic he faces these memories head on which frees him, allowing him free will socially and in life.
"And in that moment we felt infinite."
In the film there is a tunnel scene where the characters demonstrate free will. In the end Charlie stands in the back of the truck, letting go of all negative emotions allowing him to enjoy life authentically. This shows how much he has grown throughout the film in that he can focus on the positives and not let the tragedies affect him.