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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Kelly Martinez

on 1 April 2013

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Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By: Stephen Chbosky Characters Setting Plot Theme Wallflower Conflict Schizophrenia Charlie: Charlie is the protagonist in the story. He is a high school freshman from Western Pennsylvania that is suffering through the aftermath of his best friend’s suicide and the death of his favorite Aunt.

Bill: Bill is Charlie's English teacher. He encourages Charlie to read different books from which Charlie learns lessons that help him carry on throughout freshman year. The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes place in the Western Pennsylvania suburbs. Charlie lives in an average home. The story takes place in multiple locations in the area, like the local burger joint, the high school, Sam and Patrick's house, and Charlie's house. (1900's) When entering High School Charlie is placed in an agitating environment. He goes through the struggle of being noticed, growing up and living in the absence of his Aunt and childhood best friend. The theme of the book is Growing up or Coming of Age, because as the story goes on, Charlie has to learn how to compromise with tragedy and sort though his issues. In the end, that is what grownups do - learn how to accept reality. 1. A mental disorder characterized by emotional blunting, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.
2. Synonyms: ill, sick, crazy, delusional
3. Antonyms: reasonable, capable, emotionally stable

Characters: Continued Sam: Sam is a high school Senior who becomes friends with Charlie at a football game. Sam becomes a fundametal figure during Charlie's Freshman year because she encourages him tobe himself in life. Using her personal experiences, she teaches Charlie the true meaning of love.


Both Sam and Patrick become Charlie's best friends and are the reason why Charlie stopped being a wallflower.











Patrick: Patrick, also known as Pat, is Sam’s stepbrother. Patrick is openly gay, and is in a secret relationship with Brad, the high school’s football quarterback. Like Sam, Patrick is also a senior in high school. Patrick experiences the constant ridicule at school about being gay, but due to his mature, carefree personality, he does not take it personally.
Exposition Rising Action Falling Action & Climax As the year progresses, the only ‘friend’ Charlie meets is his AP English teacher, Bill. Once Bill explains to Charlie that he needs to ‘participate’ in life more, Charlie becomes friends with step-siblings Sam and Patrick. Sam and Patrick then introduce Charlie to their group of friends, and in no time at all; Charlie is welcomed into the group like the others. Climax Charlie runs into struggles that many kids face in their high school life: making friends, drugs and smoking, family troubles, the intensity of a crush, exploring sexualities, and relationships. Read the Book. 1. Person who hardly engages in activities that involve someone other than themselves and often keep quiet because conversations make them uncomfortable.
2. Synonyms: afraid, apprehensive, averse, backward, bashful, cautious, shy.
3. Antonyms: confident, unashamed, unreserved, unshy, bubbly. Jaundice 1. A feeling in which views are prejudiced, resentment, jealousy.
2. Synonyms: enviousness, invidiousness, envy, resentment
3. Antonyms: benevolence, goodwill, kindness, sympathy
Auspicious 1. Promising success, favorable.
2. Synonyms: hopeful, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, optimistic
3. Antonyms: bleak, dark, depressing, desperate, discouraging Quote: “I still think about it every now and then. It seems like a rather “auspicious” beginning.” (86) Pragmatic 1. Having a practical point of view
2. Synonyms: down-to-earth, earthy, hardheaded
3. Antonyms: impractical, unrealistic, utopian, visionary Quote: “Incidentally, my dad is a very good husband. He’s just pragmatic.” (16) The novel begins with Charlie beginning high school and not having any friends. Charlie is very shy and ignorant. He's intelligent beyond his years, and a wallflower; shy and laid back. The author of the book captures the experience of a lost high school student as he finds himself with the help of his new best friends. The plot of the story always leaves you begging for more as you drown in the pages of the book. It is hands down a book worth reading. From prior information, it is evident that Charlie is around our age, therefore, it is easy for us as the readers to relate to Charlie's problems and learn from what Charlie is going through. Why should you read this book? Simply because it is a good read and you can use this book for your Novel V.S Movie. Enjoy the movie after you read the book.
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