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The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Transcript of The Perks of Being A Wallflower
High school freshman named Charlie, who is a social outcast
Charlie tries to cope with many problems including his best friend killing himself
Charlie is introduced to a new world of high school
Abnormal Psych in The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Joins the group called the Wallflowers: group of social outcasts who introduce Charlie to
drugs and alcohol
heterosexuality & sexual activity
live performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Charlie: Logan Lerman
Spent time in a mental hospital
Starts off with only friend being his English teacher
Charlie is antisocial before befriending the Wallflowers
Charlie's mental state gets better because of his friends
As they graduate and go to college he becomes "bad" again and the memories/flashbacks resurface
Transcript of The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Existential Analysis:
"Charlie shows symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. He seems to also suffer from depression, which can root from PTSD. He became mentally unstable as a result of being sexually abused as a child"
Criteria of PTSD According to DSM5
Criterion A: stressor
The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence
Charlie experienced sexual violence and abuse directly by his aunt, her death, and his best friend's death
Criterion B: intrusion symptoms
The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in the following way(s):
Recurrent, involuntary, and intrusive memories. Note: Children older than six may express this symptom in repetitive play.
Dissociative reactions (flashbacks) which may occur on a continuum from brief episodes to complete loss of consciousness.
Charlie experiences repetitive memories in his head about his aunt, (like what happened on the day she died) and by the end of the movie, what she did to him.
Criterion D: negative alterations in cognitions and mood
Negative alterations in cognitions and mood that began or worsened after the traumatic event:
Inability to recall key features of the traumatic event (usually dissociative amnesia; not due to head injury, alcohol, or drugs).
Persistent distorted blame of self or others for causing the traumatic event or for resulting consequences."It's all my fault"
Feeling alienated from others (e.g., detachment or estrangement).
Charlie experiences all of these throughout the movie.He believes he is to blame for his aunt's death. He alienates himself from others. And he cannot remember what happened in his past.
Criterion G: functional significance
Significant symptom-related distress or functional impairment (social)
Charlie is an introvert and does not have many friends because he is mentally unstable due to his past.
Charlie is finally in a good place socially & begins to open up.
Patrick: Ezra Miller
Charlie's first friend
Introduces Charlie to all of his friends (The Wallflowers)
Known for unhealthy relationships and sexual activity as a freshman
Outgoing & spontaneous
Charlie has a crush on her
Took Charlie's innocence
no one knows until end of film
Died in a car accident several years ago on Charlie's birthday
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Screenplay writer of RENT
Co-creator, writer, and producer of Jericho
Sam: Emma Watson
Aunt Helen:Melanie Lynskey