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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

ENG2D1 ISU Assignment.
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Madison Lia

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Theme
Stylistic Devices
Conflict
Flashbacks
Euphemism
Uses flashbacks to provide a general knowledge of what Charlie is like.
"My aunt Helen would always let us kids stay up and watch
Saturday Night Live when she was baby-sitting us or when
she was living with us and my parents went to another
couples house to get drunk and play board games.
When I was very little, I remember going to sleep, while my
brother and sister and Aunt Helen watched Love Boat and
Fantasy Island. I could never stay up when I was little,
and I wish I could, because my brother and sister talk about
those moments sometimes." (Chbosky, 16)
"your grandmother showed me their report cards . . . C-plus average . . . and these were smart girls. So, I went into their room and I beat some sense into them . . . and when it was done and they were crying, I just held up their report cards and said . . . "This will never happen again." . . ." (Chbosky, 58)
"The counselor said that he suspected that Michael had "Problems at home" and didn't feel like he had anyone to talk to. That's maybe why he felt all alone and killed himself." (Chbosky, 4)
"My Aunt Helen lived with the family for the last few years of her life because something very bad happened to her." (Chbosky, 5)
Allusions
There are several allusions used in the novel, some of them are;
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
M*A*S*H
The Catcher and the Rye
Fountainhead
On The Road
To Kill a Mockingbird
Peter Pan
The Stranger
Hamelet
Naked Lunch
The Smiths
The Beatles
"Out of all the things I've done this year so far, I think I like The Rocky Horror Picture Show the best. Patrick and Sam took me to the theater to see it on Halloweeen night. It's really fun because all these kids dress up like the people in the movie, and they act out the movie in front of the screen." (Chbosky, 47)
"It was an old 45 record that had the Beatles’ song “Something.” I used to listen to it all the time when I was little and thinking about grown-up things. I would go to my bedroom window and stare at my reflection in the glass and the trees behind it and just listen to the song for hours. I decided then that when I met someone I thought was as beautiful as the song, I should give it to that person. And I didn’t mean beautiful on the outside. I meant beautiful in all ways." (Chbosky, 69)
Love
Isolation
Love
Self Doubt
Abortion
Drug Abuse
Homosexuality
Suicide
Molestation
Main Themes
Acceptance
Self Discovery
Growing Up
"There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t." (Chbosky, 73-73)
"'You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.' I didn't know that other people thought things about me. I didn't know that they looked. I was sitting on the floor of a basement of my first real party between Sam and Patrick, and I remembered that Sam had introduced me as her friend to Bob. And I remembered that Patrick had done the same for Brad. And I started to cry." (Chbosky, 37-38)
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that
I am both happy and sad
and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Basic Information
“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” (Chbosky, 211)
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