Essay on The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Being My Own Best Friend: Isolation in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Loneliness is something that many teenagers experience during their time in high school. Loneliness can shape one’s character in drastic ways, and can even dictate their personal decisions. The impact of loneliness is something that is explored in detail in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Through the depiction of unhealthy relationships, irrational character behaviour, and declines in mental health, Chbosky illustrates the negative impact that loneliness has on young people with his characters.
To begin, the author of this novel demonstrates the negative impact of loneliness on young people by developing unhealthy relationships between his characters. For example, Charlie exhibits the way that feelings of isolation can encourage unhealthy relationships when he says that he, “[wouldn’t] mind living for Sam for a while,” (Chbosky 169). Charlie expresses the fact that he would not mind dedicating his own life to that of one of his best friends, Sam. This exemplifies a sense of strong dependency on Sam’s presence, and demonstrates one aspect of an unhealthy relationship. Charlie feels lonely without his friend, and in turn goes to the extreme of saying that he would not mind living his life for her. This mindset is neither healthy nor beneficial, and shows one of the ways that loneliness can encourage an unhealthy social life. Additionally, Charlie gets involved in an unhealthy…

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