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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE & PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

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Cheyenne Kelso

on 10 January 2013

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Transcript of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE & PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
The CATCHER IN THE RYE of the 90's Similar Characters Love Observers of the world around them Holden & Charlie both take first person narration to their advantage to tell two coming-of-age tales about identity, belonging, connection, and alienation. Both novels are accurate depictions on what its like to be teenagers and the struggles that can come along with that. The Perks of being a Wallflower is a modern classic depicting the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. The main character, Charlie is a freshman year in a high school. His character is the wallflower of the novel. He is an unconventional thinker, and as the story progresses the reader learns about his character and life. Past trauma has affected his thinking and his opinions on others and life. Charlie is very open is his letter to the reader and leaves little to question.

This is synonymous with Holden Caufield of The Catcher in the Rye. His character is a few years older, but is much the same in every other way. The biggest difference to me was that Charlie was more likeable than Holden's character. Charlie connects much of his life to love. His relationships with his new friends, girls, and his siblings show how he feels about others. Even when Charlie may not like everyone he's observing it's clear through his words and actions who he loves.

Holden may not always be as up front about love in Catcher but its clear to the reader when Holden loves someone. The protagonist of Perks gives the book its self-explanatory title. Charlie is in essence a wallflower, and as a reader you observe what he sees of people through his narrations . In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden can easily be described as wallflower. They both make observations and tend to surprise you when they decide to share these with others and how they go about it. This quote from Charlie, demonstrates the similar thinking and ideologies Holden has to Charlie. Both are interested by those around them, and take the time to form opinions and ideas based off what they see and how it makes them feel. Holden is quick to point out something that seems fake or "phony" to him, making Charlie's personal observation a prime example.
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