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"The Perks of Being a wallflower"
Transcript of "The Perks of Being a wallflower"
written by: Stephen Chbosky
The meaning behind the title
He's an American novelist, screen writer and film director. He was born on the 25th of January 1970 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
All about Stephen Chbosky:
The story is about a 15 year old Charlie who is coping with the loss of his best friend, Michael. He's a freshman, to lessen the fear and anxiety of starting high school alone, he starts writing letters to a stranger, whom he never met in person, but heard that this "friend" would listen.
Agenda for today:
I. The meaning of the title
The Perks of Being a wallflower was MTV Book's best-selling title and The New York Times noted in 2007 that it had sold more than 700 000 copies. The novel also stirred up controversy due to Chbosky's portrayal of teen sexuality and drug use. The novel has been banned in several schools.
II. All about the author
X. Book Trailer
III. Plot Summary
IV. Major Themes
V. Part enjoyed
VI. Memorable quotations
At school, Charlie's English teacher, Bill became his mentor and also his friend. At school, Charlie overcomes his chronic shyness and approaches his wood shop classmate Patrick, who along with his step-sister Sam, become Charlie's best friends in high school.
During his freshman year, he experiences new things in life. Charlie has his first date and first kiss. He deals with bullies and love problems. He also experiments with drugs and alcohol.
He reads a lot of novels and writes essays and reports about them. He creates his own soundtrack or mixtapes full of iconic songs that he loves. He also gets involved in the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" audience-participation culture.
Charlie falls in love with Sam, but she says that they cannot be together because of the age difference. Charlie is a freshman, meanwhile Sam is a senior.
During the holiday season, Charlie realized that he has a dysfunctional family. His dad and his aunt were beat as children. And his Aunt Helen (mom's side) was molested by a family friend. Unfortunately, this led her to molesting Charlie.But he doesn't remember it happened. Aunt Helen died on Charlie's birthday due to a car accident.
Sam starts going out with a college dude named Craig. Meanwhile Charlie starts dating Sam's friend, Mary Elizabeth. They soon break up when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room and kisses Sam instead of his girlfriend.
Patrick is seeing Brad, who wasn't open about being homosexual. The two were caught kissing by Brad's dad and was beaten by his dad. Brad ends their relationship by calling him a faggot and starting a fight scene in the cafeteria. Charlie defends Patrick and beat up Brad and his friends
Charlie being a good friend, would always hang out with Patrick to support him and just to be there with Patrick at times of darkness. He let Patrick kiss him a few times, not because he liked it but because he felt like it was the right thing to do, as a friend.
After prom, Craig and Sam broke up because Sam found out that he had been cheating on her. Charlie realized that He loved Sam. In the end, after attempting to have sexual intercourse with Sam, Charlie remembered that his Aunt Helen molested him when he was a child.
Charlie ends up in the hospital, and after two months of being confined at a mental hospital, Charlie gets better. With a new perspective of life in mind. Charlie decides that it is important to participate in life and not be shy. The story ends off with him on the back of Sam's pick up truck feeling infinite.
Innocence & being influenced easily
Charlie is a passive person. This means that he just goes with the flow. He doesn't really care what he does... He's innocent, he doesn't know much about life... about high school. Therefore he was easily influenced by Sam and Patrick to smoke, do drugs and start drinking alcohol. Charlie didn't completely protest against any of it. He went along with whatever Patrick or Sam did.
Growing up: Living a Teenage life
Charlie experiences many teenage memories. His teenage life begins in high school. He was introduced to many things and new friends; Sam and Patrick. Many changes were made in his life ever since he started high school. His freshman year is pretty crazy. Charlie lost his best friend Michael. But he met new friends.. He was introduced to substance abuse, fell in love and had his first girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth. He learns to cope with the loss of Michael, and learns to accept it and move on in life.
Trauma affects Identity
In the book, the characters are molded into who they are today.. from their past. This relates to many characters. Later on in the book, many repressed memories come back to haunt the characters. For Charlie, a memory that he remembered to was when his Aunt Helen molested him when he was about 6 years old. Charlie saw her as the best aunt ever, until he found out what happened in the past.
"I was looking at the photographs and I started thinking that there was a time when these weren't memories"
"I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other"
"It's much easier not to know things sometimes"
"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody"
"He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quite about them. And you understand"
NOT TO READ?
A novel written by Stephen Chbosky
A story about a 15 year-old Charlie who is coping with the loss of his best friend Michael. He steps into high school and experiences new things such as falling in love, smoking, and being influenced to drugs.
It talks about innocence & passivity- Teenagers being influenced easily.
It talks about growing up- stepping out of your comfort zone, to find who you really are.
Trauma affects identity- past experiences molds people to become who they are in the present.
CHARLIE AND PATRICK BROMANCE
VII. Visual Aide
I enjoyed Charlie and Patrick's relationship