The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Essay

1196 Words Aug 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Journey in the Perks of Being a Wallflower
A journey of some length or depth is taken by every protagonist in a story. Whether it is a knight in shining armor rescuing a princess or an awkward teenager discovering his true self, an adventure is always there. Thomas Foster from the university of Flint Michigan wrote an explanatory book called How to Read Literature like a Professor Which explains the stages of journey in stories. How there is a hero, a place to go,a reason to go, a challenge, and a real reason for the adventure.This classification can fit into many different fictional or non-fictional pieces of writing, each using it in their own unique way. Charlie, from Stephen Chbosky’s novel the Perks of Being a Wallflower is just one example of this. He is a struggling 15 year old who recently lost a friend to suicide and now must take on the challenge of high school. Throughout the novel, Charlie writes letters to a mystery “friend” explaining his troubles and triumphs in the high school environment. He says in these letters that he watches life, and doesn 't participate because he seems to have anxiety and trouble making friends. His life has always through a looking glass, until two charismatic seniors by the names Sam and Patrick help him take on the world by storm. In the novel the Perks of Being a Wallflower, the character Charlie relates to the stages of journey created by Thomas Foster even though Charlie’s journey is surviving adolescence, one like no…

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