The Theme Of Discovery In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Discovery can encompass the many experiences of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed. These discoveries can change an individual’s perspective of human nature and the wider world. The theme of discovery is projected throughout the play, ‘The Tempest’ (1610), by William Shakespeare and the novel, ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ (1999), by Stephen Chbosky. The Tempest, written in the Jacobean era and reflecting aspects and values of the Elizabethan era, follows Prospero and his daughter Miranda, as a ship washes up on the shore of the small island where they live. “The Perks of being a Wallflower” reflects aspect of the late nineties through letters written by a teenage …show more content…
The discover can be made by meeting new people or you may need to become lost first to find it. This discover can change how an individual perceives society. In ‘The Tempest’, Prospero’s naïve daughter, Miranda is thrilled when a boat ends up on the shore of their island with new men, seeing she has only seen 3 other people in her life. By using iambic pentameter, “O, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, / That has such people in't!”, this stresses the excitement that Miranda is feeling towards new people arriving on the island and new world of interaction that she is about to experience. These interactions will help her discover human behaviour and how to deal with it and also her overall view of humanity. Similarly, “In the Perks of being a wallflower”, Charlie is lost and confused about life with no direction or friends to help. This is until charismatic step-siblings, Sam and Patrick enter his life, where they introduce him to many exciting experiences as he discovers drinking, drugs, parties, love and what it feels like having friends. Charlie’s life turns around for the better as he enters this intriguing new world, where his judgments of people change. Through Chbosky’s use of repetition, a metaphor and truncated sentences, "When we got out of the tunnel, Sam screamed this really fun scream … Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.", allows readers to sense how happy Charlie is feeling for the first time in a while as everyone is laughing. Charlie is finally discovering friendship and is soaking up all the precious moments of what it has to offer, including this one. These two characters within the texts both recognize the positives of discovering a new world, and what great things come of it. Charlie and Miranda’s perspective of

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