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The Perks of Being A Wallflower ; Book Report
Transcript of The Perks of Being A Wallflower ; Book Report
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Copyright 1999 Synopsis Characters Charlie Sam Patrick Bill Mary Elizabeth Teen Fiction Bob Mom Dad Candace (sister) Character Development Charlie doesn't really change too heavily throughout the book. He doesn't ever entirely solve his problems either. All in all he starts out shy, then gets a bit social, turns into asshole and then goes back to being what he used to be. Ta Da. Literary Term 1 Personification- figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. "Incidentally, Sam has brown hair and very very pretty green eyes. The kind of green that doesn't make a deal about itself." - pg 19 Charlie is giving the color of Sam's eyes, a human attribute. Literary Term 2 Monologue - refers to a speech by one person in a drama, a form of entertainment by a single speaker, or an extended part of the text of a play uttered by an actor "Dear Friend,
Do you know what 'masturbation' is? I think you probably do because you are older than me. But just in case, I will tell you. Masturbation is when you rub your genitals until you have an orgasm. Wow! I thought that in those movies and television shows when they talk about having a coffee break that they should have a masturbation break. But then again, I think that would decrease productivity. I'm only being cute here. I don't really mean it. I just wanted to make you smile. I meant the 'wow' though." - pg 21 Chris (brother) Literary Term 3 Mood- the feeling the audience receives from what the author has written. "I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist. I think you of all people understand that because you of all people are alive and appreciate what that means. At least I hope you do because other people look to you for strength and friendship and it's that simple. At least that's what I've heard." - pg 2 hopeful? secretive? mysterious? helpless? wanting? Literary Term 4 Flashback- a literary or cinematic device in which an earlier event is inserted into the normal chronological order of a narrative "On December 24, 1983, a policeman came to the door. My Aunt Helen was in a terrible accident. It was very snowy. The policeman told my mom that my Aunt Helen had passed away. He was a very nice man because when my mom started crying, he said that it was a very bad accident, and my Aunt Helen was definitely killed instantly. In other words, there was no pain. There was no pain anymore." - pg 90 Brad Craig Sister's Boyfriend Literary Term 5 Characterization- (direct characterization) the narrator or a character in the story tells us what we need to know about a character "Mary Elizabeth wants to go to Berkeley and get two degrees. One is for political science. The other is sociology and with a minor in concentration is women's studies. Mary Elizabeth hates high school and wants to explore lesbian relationships." - pg 114 Literary Term 6 "Dear Friend," Voice- the author's style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique, and which conveys the author's attitude, personality, and character Literary Term 7 Allusion- a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature "My dad gave me some of the records I told him to buy. And my gave me some of the books she loved when she was a kid. One of them was 'The Catcher in the Rye.'" - pg 80 The
Catcher In the Rye 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. Literary Term 8 Theme- A central idea or statement that unifies and controls an entire literary work Literary Term 9 Simile- an analogy or comparison "Sam stood up, and the wind turned her dress into ocean waves." - pg 38 Literary Term 10 Situational Irony- a plot device in which events turn out contrary to expectation yet are perversely appropriate "I looked at them, and they looked really happy together. A good kind of happy. And even though I thought Sam was very pretty and nice, and she was the first girl I ever wanted to ask on a date someday when I can drive, I did not mind that she had a boyfriend, especially if he was a good guy like Patrick.
'How long have you been going out?', I asked
Then they started laughing. Really laughing hard.
'What's so funny?', I said.
'We're brother and sister,' Patrick said, still laughing." Aunt Helen Alice