Essay The Perks of Being a Wallflower

997 Words Feb 18th, 2012 4 Pages
The Perks of Being a Wallflower This modern, coming-of-age novel written by Stephen Chbosky follows the teenage life of a new freshman named Charlie. Through his letters to a mysterious stranger, readers follow his typical and not-so-typical experiences as he learns about friendship, relationships, sexuality, drugs, and everything that teenagers are often faced with growing up. Charlie gives insight into the non-glamorous life of a so-called “wallflower”. The use of “Point of View” in this novel not only creates the entire story line, but also adds a personal affect and relatable connection between Charlie and the reader. It is seen through his letters, and the way he writes them. As a contemporary-fiction novel, it is only fitting …show more content…
The reader is able to follow him throughout his experiences, which is only possible due to the point of view that is used by the author. Since the letters he is writing have no recipient, it is easy to assume that the reader is the recipient. Such an assumption makes it easy to relate to Charlie, feel the emotions that he does, and take his side in the story. Chbosky describes a confrontation between Charlie and his older sister, “‘You’re a freak, you know that? You’ve always been a freak. Everyone says so. They always have.’ ‘I’m not trying to be.’ Then, I turned around and walked to my room and closed the door and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be” (Chbosky 26). This moment was easily relatable for most teenage readers. Since Charlie’s was the only perspective received, maybe Charlie’s sister had a right to say such a thing. Although, it would never be known. The way the story was written, Charlie looked like the victim, and could make the reader feel a sense of sympathy towards him. In the way Chbosky writes, the readers can connect to Charlie on a personal level. He writes the way a teenager would, and in a way, the story can be visualized, from one teenager to another. The writing technique makes it easy for the reader to envision a little bit of himself or herself in Charlie, in one-way or another. There was a personal connection felt to one of Charlie’s many “typical high-school” moments in the novel: “I walk

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