Analysis Of Stephen Chbosky 's ' The Perks Of Being A Wallflower '

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Stephen Chbosky beautifully illustrates the life of a teenager who struggled with his mental health, family problems and friends. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie developed from an outsider always pleasing others, to one who is more independent in his own actions and judgements. His relationship with Sam, growing participation in his own life and the secret about Aunt Helen directed his character transition at the end of the novel. Over the setting of his high school career, he learned so many things and overcame many challenges that teenagers today can relate to.

The novel begins with flashbacks to Charlie’s experience with his best friend’s suicide in middle school. These would show a bit of Charlie’s personality, the sadness of the event lingers. This was demonstrated when he screamed at the guidance counsellor that Michael could have talked to him instead of killing himself out of loneliness. (Chbosky, 5) The story progresses as Charlie enters high school as a freshman, beginning his journey of transition. When Charlie first met one of his senior friends; Sam, it was love at first sight. He thought to himself; “she was the first girl I ever wanted to ask on a date someday when I can drive...” (Chbosky, 20) Charlie immediately put her opinions first before his own. For instance, at the beginning of the novel, he had inappropriate dreams and thoughts about her. After hearing about Charlie’s dreams, Sam said to him “You know you’re too young for me,…

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