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The Perks of Being a Wallflower--Plot

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Claudia Irizarry

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Elements of Plot Protagonist Antagonist Conflict Coming-of-Age Story A narrative in which the main character, usually a child or adolescent, undergoes an important experience that prepares him or her for adulthood. Pick any narrative technique from the "Plot" reading and present its use in "Perks". Defend your point with examples and direct quotations from the novel. What is plot? Plot can refer simply to the events of a story, but in can mean the artistic arrangement of those events. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Plot Any questions? References Layla Ribot
Raúl Méndez
Claudia Irizarry
Linda Morales
Jean Galán
Manolé Miranda Elements of Plot: Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Dramatic situation
conflict
crisis
climax Different Ways Plot Can Be Employed Narrative Techniques Used in "Perks" Dream sequence
Flashback
In media res
Stream of consciousness
Ellipsis
Exposition Exposition During Charlie's first year of high school he writes letters to an unnamed friend about the things he does every day. Complication Charlie constantly gets in his own way Climax Conclusion Crisis Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York, NY.: MTV Books/Pocket Books. 1999. Print. Kennedy, XY., and Dana Gioia. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, New York, NY : Longman, 2005. Print. Homework Assignment Why is this definition of protagonist incorrect? What do you think was at stake for Charlie after what he did to Mary Elizabeth? After hearing the poem, write a short, two-paragraph essay in which you explain how Charlie’s internal struggle was foreshadowed in the poem. Journal Prompt Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he 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
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.
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