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The Perks of being a Wallflower- Genre Novel Study

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kelly dekeyser

on 7 December 2012

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The Perks of being a Wallflower Charlie is a 15 year old boy who is starting his first year high school. After he over hears girls talking about a guy who is nice and listens and understands, he decides to write the stranger to help him cope with his fears and anxieties. Charlie writes to the stranger over the course of the year. Throughout the year Charlie looks past his shyness and meets Patrick and his step-sister Sam, who he later befriends. In these letters, Charlie mentions many new experiences and conflicts he goes through over the year. He goes on his first date, he has his first kiss, he falls in love, he experiments with drugs and alcohol, and he finds friendship. Charlie also suffers through many conflicts like losing friends and going through tough family problems. In Charlie’s last letter he has a sever anxiety attack which brings up a horrible secret that he pushed from his mind many years ago about his late aunt Helen. Charlie learns many life lessons from his first year of being a teenager. He learns to participate in life and he learns that being a wallflower isn’t always the best thing, but it’s not always a bad thing either. Charlie- Charlie is the main character in the novel. Charlie is the narrator and the story is told through his letters. He is very shy and keeps to himself. Charlie is what they call a wallflower. He sees and hears everything around him, but he keeps quite about it. In the beginning, Charlie is getting over the suicide of his best friend Michael. When he starts high school, he has a hard time making friends. Things change for Charlie when he enters high school and meet his best friends Patrick and Sam. Charlie solves his internal conflict by experiencing new things and finding out who he is. Characters: . The main conflict that takes place in my novel is the internal conflict Charlie has with himself. He is not very open and has severe anxiety and he doesn't know why or how this happened. He states many times in his letters that he wish he could be normal. After a huge nervous breakdown at the end of the book when he then brings back a disturbing memory of his aunt that he pushed out of his head as a young child. While in the hospital, Charlie remembers that his aunt had molested him multiple times when she had lived with them. This helps Charlie find out where these attacks had come from. Conflict: My Thoughts on the Novel: Stephen Chbosky was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1970. He graduated from the University of Southern California. He has wrote, directed, and produced films and television shows like "Rent" and "Jericho". He wrote his first book "The Perks of being a Wallflower" in 1999 and also wrote the screenplay and directed the film version of "The Perks of being a Wallflower". He wrote the book based on his own coming of age story and his experiences in high school. Author Biography: The theme of "The Perks of being a Wallflower" is growing up. The whole novel is about Charlie, Patrick, and Sam and the many problems they face as they grow up and go through high school. They experience stress, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, friendship, and many other things that help make a teenager enter adulthood. Summary: Patrick- Patrick is Charlie's gay best friend. Patrick helps Charlie get through some tough times in the novel and is always there when Charlie needs him. Patrick later goes through a rough patch in the novel and turns to alcohol to solve his problems but Charlie helps Patrick see the good parts of life and helps him get through it. Sam- Sam is Patrick's step-sister. Charlie is in love with Sam but unfortunately the feeling isn't mutual. Sam is a very pretty girl but has very low self-esteem and turns to boys to make her feel beautiful. Charlie helps Sam realize that she is beautiful and she doesn't need a boy to do that for her. . Another conflict is Charlie trying to forgive his aunt for what she had done to him. He loved his aunt very much and they were very close and he remembered all the good times instead of the bad and realizes that she had only done those things because they were done to her and no one did anything to stop it all those years ago. .Patrick's main conflict is that he is gay and is in love with the quarter-back, Brad, but they must keep their love a secret because they are afraid of being judged and hated for their sexuality. Things get really bad when Brad's father catches the two of them together. Patrick becomes depressed when he can no longer be with Brad and the whole football team beats him up for being gay. Patrick turns to alcohol for a solution but it only makes things worse. Charlie helps him realize that things will get better once he leaves for college. . Sam's major conflict in the novel is trying to love herself. She has very low self-esteem after a close family friend had abused her and told her she was worth nothing and she was not pretty and no boy would want to be with her. She turns to sex to make herself feel pretty and worth something. Charlie helps her realize she is pretty and that she can be loved for who she is and not what she does. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It is very easy to relate to the characters because they are all teenagers and going through situations most teens go through. I also really liked how the whole novel was written and told through Charlie's letters to this anonymous person, which is very different from other novels I have read. I recommend this novel to teenagers and young adults. I also really enjoyed the fact that it has romance, comedy, and tragedy. It always kept me wondering what would happen next and I couldn't put it down. Theme:
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