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1. A brief summary of the novel. 2. A summary of the dominant theme of the novel (Coming of Age). 3. Components of the research topics. 4. The media component.
What will be Discussed During the Presentation
Coming of Age Theme Portrayed in The Perls of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky's Influences
The Summary of the Novel
"The reason I wrote this letter is because I start high school tomorrow and I am really afraid of going." (Chbosky 6)
"But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody." (Chbosky 145)
"She kissed me. It was the kind of kiss that I could never tell my friends about out loud. It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life. " (Chbosky 70)
"[Bill] made tea, and I felt like a grown-up." (Chbosky 106)
"My sister was counting on me, and this was the first time anyone ever counted on me for anything." (Chbosky 118)
"It's great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn't need a shoulder. What if they need the arms or something like that? You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things." (Chbosky 200)
"I'm not sure if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to "participate"". (Chbosky 213)
The Issues Happening in the World
Stephen Chbosky's Personal Experience
-Stephen ≠ Charlie -Idea for novel -Catcher in the Rye -Letter Format -Chbosky's Life
The Media Component
Timeless Theme of Coming of Age
The Author's Influences The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The characters and their quotes help demonstrates the dominate theme of the, being coming of age.
-Four parts of the novel. -Charlie copes with the suicide of his friend. -Meets two best friends, Patrick + Sam. -He loses his friends, and gains them back. -Discovers a secret about his aunt. -Charlie stops writing his letters to participate instead of being a wallflower.
-Charlie's sister has an abortion. -One million teenage women became pregnant every year. -Teens do not tell their parents for compelling reasons. -Telling their parents might be too threatening.
-Charlie was sexually abused by his aunt. -One of the biggest problems. -Children mostly in danger from people they know. -Gain access through community roles.
-Charlie's only friend kills himself. -Teenagers need to deal with the changes in life. -Adolescence is a complex time period. -Teenagers are overwhelmed by continuous struggles.
-Sam gave Charlie the typewriter to help him become an author. -Bill gave Charlie all his books and helped him grow from the stories. -The photo frame has pictures of hid friends because they are the most important people in his life. -Mary Elizabeth shows Charlie the Rocky Horror to participate in. -His sister gives him a mix tape with the song "Asleep" and gets Charlie into the new "better" music. -He watched the final episode of M*A*S*H* with his family, which is his favorite memory.