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the perks of being a wallflower

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Samantha Carmel

on 27 October 2012

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the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky symbolism allegory foreshadowing metaphor metaphor an example of "good" writing major characters Recommendation character description: sam Sam: a friend of Patrick and Charlie, has a troubled past, and a low sense of self-worth
Charlie: an introvert who learns how to better experience life due to friendship of Sam and Patrick, has been traumatized due to events prior to the friendship of Sam and Patrick
Patrick: a senior with a humorous outlook on life, has many personal/moral struggles, some of which become full-scale problems later on
Mary-Elizabeth: an extremely opinionated, liberal girl; is considered "edgy", likes Charlie
Alice: a quiet, soft-spoken senior girl, loves film and art A senior at Charlie's high school, has a past rife with abuse; is still struggling to rebuild her life and fully accept herself
Is Patrick and Charlie's best friend, friends with Mary-Elizabeth and Alice
Wants to be loved, but doesn't really love herself
Has a history of substance abuse, majority of problems occurred freshman year I would highly recommend reading this book. It's superbly written and is eclectic in terms of the variety of people who have read it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my absolute favorite books, and anyone can comprehend its material. I believe that if you give reading it a try, you can get a lot out of it. "I think about all this sometimes when I'm watching a football game with Patrick and Sam. I look at the field, and I think about the boy who just made the touchdown. I think that these are the glory days for that boy, and this moment will be another story someday because all the people who make touchdowns and home runs will be somebody's dad. And when his children look at his yearbook photograph, they will think that their dad was rugged and handsome and looked a lot happier than they are. "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." (P.38-39) "Everything was in slow motion. The sound was thick." (P.204) "It's just that some people walk with their heads to the ground for some reason. They don't like to look other people in the eye. Brad was never like that. But now he is. Especially when it comes to Patrick." (P.149) "...It was me standing in that tunnel with the wind over 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 to make me feel infinite." (P.213) "So I put on the suit even though I didn't feel like I really deserved to since all I write are essays for Bill, but it was such a nice present, and everyone clapped their hands anyway." (P.67) This excerpt from the perks of being a wallflower is an example of good writing in the way that it expertly depicts and describes how the main character Charlie feels about his father's old picture in his high school yearbook. Charlie's statement gives words to the kind of feeling I have experienced when looking at old photographs, and this quote gives me a sort of flashback to seeing them. Though "good" writing depends on the perspective and opinion of the reader, I believe that it would be hard to contest that this is not an excellent piece of writing. why this is "good writing" Summary Chobsky's "The Perks of being a Wallflower", is about a freshman named Charlie who writes letters to an unknown person about his experiences from his past and present and their effects on his development as a person. Charlie is extremely anxious and lacking in self confidence at the introduction of his character, and those traits lead him to be labeled as a "wallflower", meaning someone who chooses to observe, instead of experience life. Because he has many struggles associated with his inability to express himself, Charlie and the upperclassman friends he makes are sometimes in different frames of emotion and mindset. Charlie's traumatic past that is later touched upon in the novel and explains why in the beginning he was in such a place mentally. The friends Charlie makes and the people he surrounds himself with mold his behavior, with good and bad consequences. The events that follow after he meets certain people lead Charlie to major revelations about issues of death, sexuality, friendships, and family, eventually making his perspective unrecognizable from where it was at the start. I chose to use this quote because it is a clear example of a metaphor in the way it describes Sam's dress turning into waves. This quote foreshadows the major conflict between Patrick and Brad that occurs later on in the story. "The sound was thick" is a metaphor because it is giving a physical quality to the sound. This passage is symbolic because it represents the final freedom Charlie has after going for a ride in the tunnel he had ridden in before at the beginning of the novel. Because Charlie finally overcame the major obstacles that were present at the start of the letters he wrote, he can finally feel complete. This quote is an allegory because it alludes to the state of Charlie's self image and self esteem. At this point in the novel he doesn't feel like he is worth wearing nice clothes or the attention of his new friends. Charlie Patrick Sam Mary-Elizabeth Alice
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