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Final Presentation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Transcript of Final Presentation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Important Details
Plot Overview
Important Details

Charlie’s writing style is very informal, but progressively improves throughout the novel.
His tone and writing style represent his maturity
When in emotional distress, he tends to write in long sentences that stray from a single topic

Important Details
The Tunnel Scene --- This scene happens distinctly twice in the book, once at the beginning and once at the end. The tunnel represents the contents of life and how the end never seems to be in sight, however, just past the final turn it opens to the bright lights of the city. The first time they drove through Fort Pitt Tunnel Sam stood up in the back of the pickup truck while Charlie watched from the cab. The second tine was after Charlie’s two month stay at the hospital where he finally felt free of his emotional weights.

The Packing Scene --- The night before Sam was going to leave for collage, Charlie was helping her pack her last belongings into boxes. This is when she tells him that he is the best shoulder a person could wish for, the best friend that every person needs. However, he doesn’t take power for himself and never wants to risk displeasing someone for his own benefit. This shows his delicate feelings for his friendships and how any balance he doesn’t want to disturbed.

Characterization: shy, lonely, sensitive, strong, dependent on others, trustworthy, smart, determined.

Character Development: At the beginning of the book Charlie was very shy and had no friends, or social skills. As the book progressed and he became friends with Patrick and Sam, he was able to develop social skills and find out more about himself. By the end of the book, he was confident and was able to deal with his problems in a mature way.

Characterization: caring, friendly, manipulated easily, pretty, adventurous, motherly.

Character Development: Throughout the whole novel Sam didn’t develop too much. At the beginning of the novel, she was already pretty mature to begin with. However, at the end of the book she realized that she doesn’t need an older guy to make her feel good and pretty, she needs a guy who will lover her for who she truly is.

Charlie's Family
His father is especially hard on him because he does not compare to his other siblings in personal achievements.
His mother cares about Charlie, but doesn’t spend a lot of time with him and is uninvolved in his personal life.
Charlie idolizes his siblings and parents more than he should.
Charlie's Friends
At a homecoming football game, Charlie sits next to a boy and a girl, Patrick and Sam.
They soon become best friends and he hasn’t cared about anyone like them since his aunt Helen passed away.
He accidentally finds out Patrick is gay and has a secret relationship with the star football player.
Charlie quickly falls in love with Sam but she insists that his age is stopping her from returning his feelings.
Big Boy: The Big Boy was where Charlie, Sam, Patrick and their friend group would go hang out on the weekends or after school. They had a lot of fun there and it was the first place Sam and Patrick took Charlie to hang out.
Characterization: happy, gay, funny, secretive, friendly, known as “Nothing”.
Character Development: At the beginning of the book, Patrick is very secretive about himself being gay – sneaking around and going to parties where his boyfriend, Brad, wouldn’t be seen with him because he was nervous about telling his dad. However, as the book progressed, he became more open about it. At the end of the book, although he loved Brad, he realized that he would rather be with someone that is able to openly share his love for him.

Writers Suit --- As a Secret Santa gift celebrating Christmas, Charlie’s friend Patrick gives him a suit for a present. This suit represents the heart of the strong friendship between Charlie and his friends, a relationship that he has never experienced before. Patrick also mentions that the suit is meant for a real writer and that every author should have one to showcase his talent.

Typewriter --- The final Christmas gift that Charlie received was an old typewriter that symbolized his letters and the value that he finds in writing his feelings on paper. From then on he writes many letters, essays and other pieces or writing with the type writer because of how much he values the strength that words hold in his life.

The main character of The Perks of Being A Wallflower is Charlie. It is unclear in the beginning why Charlie is writing in the form of diary entries and who he is writing to, but as the novel progresses, it becomes apparent that Charlie is writing to us, the readers. Charlie lacks social skills and hints to an early childhood trauma that has affected him negatively. He is starting his first day of high school as the novel begins, and is aware that he has no friends and is not expecting to make any.
Main Idea
Deeper Meaning
Importance of friendship

Charlie never experienced having friends until he met Sam and Patrick. As they became closer, Charlie became more open and social and initially happier. With his new friends, he was able to overcome his childhood traumas with their love and support.
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Deeper Meaning

Charlie has tried desperately to fit in with the crowd and not stand out, but after developing as a person with his friends, he was able to except himself as a unique individual and wasn’t so worried about what everyone else thought of him.
Deeper Meaning
Coming of Age

In the beginning, Charlie is referred to as a wallflower, which means he prefers to not be involved in the rest of the world and would rather observe. His low self esteem and lack of social skills makes him awkward and lonely. As he grows older he starts to realize that he won’t always be a kid. He begins to stand up for himself and his friends as the story progresses.
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There are a lot of themes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Importance of friendship
Coming of age
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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