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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Michelle Robancho

on 6 January 2014

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Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallfower

About the Title
The title is "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
It fits the story because the story is about this wallflower who just started his first year of high school named Charlie.
The book points out that it's not so bad being a wallflower in high school and that there are some good things about it.
Name: Stephen Chbosky
Birth: January 25, 1970
Known for being an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director.
Chbosky was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently lives in New York.
He graduated from the University of Southern California’s Screenwriting Program in 1992.
Wrote, directed, and acted in his first film “The Four Corners of Nowhere” which won the Best Narrative Film in 1995.
Poem = Theme

"Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And called it "Chops" Because that was the name of his dog
And that's what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts
That was the year Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
And he let them sing on the bus
And his little sister was born
with tiny toenails and no hair
And his mother and father kissed a lot
And the girl around the corner sent him a
Valentine signed with a row of X's
and he had to ask his father what the X's meant
And his father always tucked him in bed at night
And was always there to do it

Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it "Autumn"
because that was the name of the season
And that's what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because of its new paint
And the kids told him
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
and left butts on the pews
And sometimes they would burn holes
That was the year his sister got glasses
with thick lenses and black frames
Stephen Chbosky
Book Covers
In the beginning of the story, when Charlie first starts high school, he feels lonely and depressed because he doesn't participate in activities with other students.
As the story continues, Charlie begins to feel happy because he becomes friends with two seniors, Sam and Patrick.
He soon feels loved when he starts to spend a lot of time with Sam Patrick, and their group of friends.
In the story, Charlie writes personal letters to a "friend" about the situations he encounters during his freshmen year. As a freshmen that just started, he didn't have any friends. He later meets two amazing people name Sam and Patrick who had changed his life and brought joy towards him. The moment he first saw Sam he began to have a crush on her. Later that crush turns into something more, however she's dating someone already. They become apart of his daily life and he takes on new adventures. Bill, his English teacher, and Charlie also have a close relationship together. He gives Charlie books to read and he writes essays about it. Aunt Helen is Charlie's favorite person. She recently passed away a year before freshmen year on his birthday. He believes that it is his fault Aunt Helen died because she said she was going to get his birthday present on a snowy night the day of his birthday. She was instantly killed by the slippery streets. Because of this, Charlie panics and over thinks all the time. He was brought to hospitals or his psychiatrist when he over thinks and is sad. At the end of Freshmen year, Sam and Patrick graduate. Him and Sam finally reach more than just friends, however Charlie doesn't feel comfortable and ends up not feeling to well. As they Sam and Patrick leave off for college Charlie gets a flashback and begins to feel sick; nervousness and unwillingness flashbacks.

And the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
And the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed a lot
And his father never tucked him in bed at night
And his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it

Once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
And he called it "Innocence: A Question"
because that was the question about his girl
And that's what it was all about
And his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
That was the year that Father Tracy died
And he forgot how the end
of the Apostle's Creed went
And he caught his sister
making out on the back porch
And his mother and father never kissed
or even talked
And the girl around the corner
wore too much makeup
That made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
because that was the thing to do
And at three A.M. he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly

That's why on the back of a brown paper bag
he tried another poem
And he called it "Absolutely Nothing" Because that's what it was really all about
And he gave himself an A
and a slash on each damned wrist
And he hung it on the bathroom door
because this time he didn't think
he could reach the kitchen "
The poem was read to Patrick by Charlie. Charlie doesn't know who wrote the poem or what happened after it was written, but he hoped it was nothing bad. Bob, a friend of Charlies, said the poem sounded familiar and that he heard it was a kids suicide note. Apparently, the poem was written by Michael, Charlies childhood friend who had committed suicide when they were in middle school. But Charlie had no clue that it was his.
The novel,
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
, centers its theme around the story of a young teenage boy trying to discover who he is and who he will become. The story relates to the theme because it is essentially describing the difficulties of growing up and learning to overcome the many obstacles in one's life. Its theme mainly reflects on the importance of life, love, and friendship.
by Stephen Chbosky
"Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.
Chbosky emphasizes many symbols like Charlie's interest in
classic literature
. Some of Charlie's favorite books throughout the story includes
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
. Charlie also listens to classical music and lives through both music and books because they express his own creative individuality.
The Tunnel-
represents the theme by showing how Charlie was finally able to live in the moment, not just on the sidelines watching, and soon realized the value of friendship.
"I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song on that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear.... We are infinite."
By: Nalannie Lovan
Michelle Robancho
Cathy Nguyen
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