Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Essay

1255 Words Nov 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Across Ages Teenagers and adolescents often feel stranded and alienated as they are growing up and wish to relate to others who are experiencing similar struggles. Because teenagers feel this way, they often read books with protagonists who are close to their own age, who also struggle to find their place in the world. Though society has changed drastically since 1951, when The Catcher in the Rye was published by J.D. Salinger, and even since 1999, when The Perks of Being a Wallflower was published by Stephen Chbosky, both books are still widely read today because adolescents can relate to them. These novels, often depicted as coming-of-age books, famous for their troubled protagonists who have mental health disorders, differentiate from each other despite their numerous similarities. Both The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower follow two introverted teenagers, Holden Caulfield and Charlie Kelmeckis, respectively, whose personalities closely mimic each other. Both characters had a family member that they were extremely close with perish. The deaths of their loved ones cause Holden and Charlie to feel that they must protect their family and those close to them. Though this makes the main characters appear as heroes at a glance, they are, in reality, putting themselves at risk because they constantly put others’ needs before their own. A diagnosis for this aspect of their personalities could be the “psychological concept [that] makes [them] feel the need…

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