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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Mr.Mathewson

3rd ISU Assignment - Photo Essay

Shae Finamore

on 10 January 2014

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky introduces a young male named Charlie who is new to the world of high school where he experiences new friendships, parties and love. He tells his story by writing letters to an anonymous person hoping they'll listen.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes place in 1991-92. I don't think this has a huge impact on the story at all. I mean every teenager has gone through high school and the ups and downs of it. Possibly the only impact is the change of view on homosexuals, we have programs and parades celebrating it, not disrespecting it. There are people out there who still may not support it, but the change over 22 years is huge.
The Narration chosen for this book was written in First Person perspective. I think the author, Stephen Chbosky did this to make it feel very personal to the reader as well as make you feel the emotions Charlie's having throughout the novel. This novel was intended for teenagers, and who better to relate to than another teen. I also think he chose to to write in First Person because of how unique the main character is.
In this novel, the main character Charlie doesn't make any drastic changes to himself. Although, he makes progress in family relationships and opening up to others. By the end of the book Charlie and his older sister, Candace develop a strong bond. This happened because at one point Candace had thought she was pregnant and Charlie was the only one who knew and took her to the doctors. Charlie is a sensitive person but never really spoke of his feelings in front of others until one night with Sam, he tells her how he feels about her. Even though it is told that Charlie was sent to a mental institution, he went from a person who was lost, to a person he wanted to be. "So , if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough." (page213)
Minor Characters
Being introduced to Sam and Patrick's friends, he develops a relationship with Mary Elizabeth but later despises him for kissing Sam due to a dare.
The school year is coming to an end and Charlie is feel anxious because if his finals and Sam leaving for College.
The next day Charlie found out that his Aunt Helen had sexually molested him when he was younger.
Everyone goes to visit Charlie while he's there, even Patrick, Sam and Mary Elizabeth.
Charlie starts off his first letter explaining his fear of the first day of high school and how his friend, Micheal had committed suicide the year before.
Charlie is taken under the wing of two seniors, Patrick and Sam who show him how to live and participate in life.
His Aunt Helen had past away on the day of his birthday, she was his most favorite person to be around. Charlie finds when he's upset he has flashbacks to the day she died.
Charlie goes to his first high school party and starts to develop strong feelings towards Sam, who late we find out has an older, graduated boyfriend who later we find out is cheating on her.
Patrick is homosexual and get bullied for not being accepted by his secret boyfriends football friends, Charlie sees Patrick being beat up and steps in to help.
While Charlie helps Sam pack, he opens up to her and expresses how he really feel about her. Sam says she'll be back in the summer to see him whenever he wants.
After awhile Charlie was admitted into a mental hospital for two months after he realized strange things started to happen to him.
After a few more weeks in the hospital, Charlie was finally released to go home. By this point he wrote his last letter to the anonymous recipient saying he well and hopes they will be too.
Stylistic Devices
Falling Action
Rising Action
Inciting Moment
Sam is a senior at the same school Charlie goes to. She has a passion for theatre and plays the role of Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She impacts Charlies life not only as a friend but as a love interest. She accepts Charlie for who he is and helps him to participate in life. From the first time Charlie met Sam he knew he loved her and wanted to be with her. This adds to the plot very much so because Charlie considers her to be an important part of his life, and they are almost always together in the book.
Patrick is a senior as well as Sam, his step sister and is in Charlies wood shop class. I think having Patrick around makes Charlie think about things in a different perspective. He is also gay, which I think impacts Charlie because he's never had a friend who preferred the same sex. This adds to the plot because Patrick gets bullied around school because of his sexuality and Charlie being his friend, is not okay with it and gets him into to some trouble.
Mr. Anderson
Mr. Anderson also known as Bill in The Perks of Being a Wallflower is Charlie's English teacher. Him and Charlie develop a very unique teacher-student relationship throughout the book. Mr. Anderson sees Charlies true intelligence and at one point tells Charlie he is a special person. I think he impacts Charlie to stay positive with himself and be true to who you are.
Written By: Stephen Chbosky
A good theme for this novel is Coming of Age. I say this because Charlie is the kind of kid that is unaware about a lot of things going on around him. Now that he's going into high school things changed a lot for him. He was introduced to drugs and alcohol and finding out secrets he never realized before. For example, a secret he never about was his Aunt Helen had been sexually molesting him when he was a child. I also think that when you're introduced to drugs like Charlie you seem to think it's cool and grown to drink. Also just because he is going through high school, having all these emotions, feeling like the world is going to end, you end up maturing because you have to learn to deal with it.
Foreshadowing: I think the author used this when Charlie would talk about his Aunt Helen. I say this because he would always say "I loved Aunt Helen" or "She was my favorite" but later we find out that she was actually harassing him. It improves the novel because you wouldn't have seen it coming with the way Charlie talked about her.
Imagery: There is a part in the book when Sam, Patrick and Charlie are driving through a tunnel and he describes what he's experiencing. "You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder." I think Stephen Chbosky put this in because it shows you the freedom you can get from the simplest things in life.
Some say that these tunnels in the book are symbolized as Charlie growing up or a passage for him to mature from a child to a young adult. I think this improves the novel for several reasons, as I said before the freedom it gives him, but also it shows the reader how much Charlie has changed and grown with the new friendships he has made. The memories he shared and where he started at the beginning of the book, a freshman with no one and nothing to a young male experiencing adventures he will treasure forever with his best friends.
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