Essay about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest and Stephen Chbosky’s novel ‘the Perks of being a Wallflower’ explore the notion of discovery. Discoveries can be life altering, changing an individual’s mindscape. Through the diverse and complex characters in both texts, the ideas that discoveries encompass rediscovering, discovering something for the first time and the presentation of understanding through discoveries.

The experience of discovering what was forgotten can be seen through the character Miranda in William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. As a result of a shipwreck in a storm at the beginning of the play, Miranda stumbles upon a man who causes her confusion. “What is 't? a spirit?” Miranda’s questioning of what Ferdinand was gives the audience an insight on her innocence. Due to Miranda’s life on the remote island, she is oblivious to the idea of there being a world outside occupied by people. Ferdinand’s qualities question her ideas of men, derived from her controlling father and Caliban, a ‘poisonous slave’ (1.2.320). Her introduction to the men that also came from the shipwreck gives her an insight of a new world filled with people. “O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in 't!” (5.1.215-218)The use of exclamation marks convey her high emotions and allows the audience to identify her excitement of the ‘new world’.
The main character Charlie from ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ favours his…

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