Perks of Being a Wallflower Conflicts Essay

597 Words Jan 24th, 2012 3 Pages
1. Dating: In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie deals with the conflict of having a crush on Sam, and trying to figure out how to deal with his crush. Charlie deals with the conflict of his emotions, but does not just want to fall in love with someone. This is evident in the novel when Charlie states, “It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush.”

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower all of Charlie’s friends are dating except for him. Patrick is dating Brad even though their relationship is secret and Sam is dating Craig. Charlie really doesn’t like the fact that Sam is dating Craig because he doesn’t think Craig is the right person for Sam. “I want Sam to stop liking Craig…It’s just that Craig doesn’t
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One reason for this is because both his parents were beaten by their parents as children. As children when Charlie’s mom and his Aunt Helen didn’t do well in school they were punished by Charlie’s grandfather, “So, I went into their room and I beat some sense into them...” (58). As for Charlie’s dad, when his biological father passed away his mom later remarried. Charlie’s dad’s new step father also beat him for various reasons. This is why they swore that they would never beat their kids

Problems at home In Charlie’s household the only problems that his family seems to have are that his sister was in a relationship where her boyfriend often hit her. When Charlie accidentally let this out, their parents were very angry and Charlie’s sister said she hated him.

Suicide In The Perks of Being a Wallflower suicide has a whole new meaning for Charlie. Charlie’s best friend Michael committed suicide when they were in junior high. Charlie took Michael’s suicide really personally to the point where he felt it was partly his fault. “Then, I started screaming at the guidance counselor that Michael could have talked to me. And I started crying even harder.”

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