Essay on The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

1074 Words Jul 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Coming of age novels quite often deal with Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical theory. Stephen Chbosky’s novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a superlative piece of work which holds remarkable representations of Freud’s theories. When analyzing the novel it may be looked at as being a dream; thus showing latent content and meaning. Also, throughout the novel Charlie uncovers his repressed fears and emotions. Additionally, this idea is clearly demonstrated through how Charlie’s unconscious is represented.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky, contains symbols which aid the reader in understanding the true meaning. One of the symbols which Stephen Chbosky effectively used were Charlie’s dreams. One example of Charlie’s dreams is near the end of the novel, “I had this dream. My brother and my sister and I were watching television with my Aunt Helen. Everything was in slow motion. The sound was thick. And she was doing what Sam was doing.” (Stephen Chbosky, 204). This dream was brought on because Charlie had become intimate with Sam. Furthermore, this dream is an actual memory of his which resurfaced to his conscious. The latent meaning expressed through his dream/memory is that he was molested by his Aunt Helen. Moreover, in the novel Charlie’s dreams are true representations of the real meaning; such as old memories or the characters unconscious coming through. Teodoro Jose Bruno states in his essay, “Dreams will not be subject to concealment…

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