Being A Wallflower Essay

1063 Words Aug 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Texts that are composed are heavily influenced by the writer, their personal context and the society in which they are in. Values and messages of both the society and the composer are channelled through the characters and storyline to the audience. Within Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger in 1951, and Perks of Being a Wallflower, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky in 1999, there are many connections between the society they were written in and the plot. The societal standards of social acceptance and the effects of mental illness are just a few of the links that can be made.
The composers bring attention to the harsh societal standards through their character’s struggle with social acceptance. It is a shared human experience where one does not feel as if they fit into the society that they were brought into and Salinger and Chbosky explored this within their texts. Within Catcher in the Rye, Holden does not fit into the society. He seems to be the odd one out, admittedly, he does not mind this position he is in, but the reasons for his struggle with social acceptance allows the audience to see the harshness societal standards. “Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules’ We then witness Holden reject this idea ‘if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it” Firstly the metaphor of life being a game is a representation of the way one has to fit into the society. His rejection is…

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