The Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Essay

1400 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
In the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky we learn throughout the book how molestation affects your well-being and traumatize you emotionally and mentally. This experience can be related to many people similar to Charlie and his Aunt Helen. Charlie has been haunted for years after the passing of his Aunt Helen who lived with his family. Although, Charlie 's Aunt Helen had several personal problems, including drug and alcohol abuse, he grew an attachment to her. Aunt Helen was attentive, and affectionate; always making him feel special and spoiling him at every chance. When Aunt Helen died on Christmas Eve from a car accident, Charlie 's life quickly changed. He never fully recovered mentally and emotionally, and, in turn, he learned to be secret-keeper.

Charlie is a young teenager who is confrontational towards the people in his life, and this greatly affects his relationships. Much of his hostility is due to his home environment and his hidden battles with abuse and trauma. As the story progresses, we see how Charlie 's behavior stems from his complicated past with his Aunt Helen. With the passing of his aunt, Charlie was traumatized and isolated himself because he felt he couldn 't share his experience of molestation, which his aunt had sworn him to secrecy. Through keeping her abuse a secret, Helen made Charlie feel special and loved. When in reality, it was her manipulating him to protect herself and continue the cycle of abuse. In fact, the…

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