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Allusions in Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Transcript of Allusions in Perks of Being A Wallflower

By Stephen Chobsky The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Music, Literature, and TV Allusions Throughout the novel Charlie refers to many items of pop culture, much the same way as you do in real life. The use of allusion is important as it helps reaffirm the setting of the novel along with the characters. We can recognise certain songs, novels or shows that have a strong association with the time frame. These references also help solidify the setting as a high school in the 1990s. We have teenagers listening to music that was incredibly popular in the early 90s. They may not be the songs that many listen to now but they have a relevance to the novel and to the characters in the novel.


Why Is Music Important to Charlie? Music, in particular, plays an important role in
Charlie's life. From the mixed tapes he makes to
the information he gains.
In his own way, it is the music he listens to that
helps him understand life. And, eventually, helps
him connect to life. Music motivates him to
participate.
Literature Charlie reads many books during his freshman year,
many of them that resonate with him at particular
points in time. These allusions to great literature
show how important writing is to Charlie. They are also the other way that Charlie begins to live.
Books are an important form of symbolism as well.
They symbolize a way to escape and hide from the
world but they also symbolize a way to open
yourself to the world. Television There is one key television show mentioned in the text: M*A*S*H. The series premiered in the U.S. on September 17, 1972, and ended February 28, 1983, with the finale, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", becoming the most watched television episode in U.S. television history at the time. Yet, they are still watching it in 1991. This allusion is quite interesting because it is the one time that we see a strong emotion from Charlie's father. He cries - this gives the reader a small amount of insight to Charlie's father's history. The programme was based around a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. A War that quickly evolved into something devastating.
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