Character Analysis: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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““Do you always think this much, Charlie?” “Is that bad?”…“Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” “Is that bad?” “Yes.” ”(Stephen Chbosky, 16) In the novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower the author discusses human’s discomfort with their true selves around others especially when challenging societal norms. He demonstrates this theme through the development of the characters, Charlie, Charlie’s father and sister, Patrick and Brad. The book is a classic coming of age story, the characters in the book are mostly in high school and they all have different experiences, and that makes the characters that author creates like ordinary people. People feel pressure to conform their themselves because of others. This pressure causes us to stay in our personal, comfort zone closet and hide away, and because we hide we don’t know anyone’s true self as a result we don’t trust anyone, we don’t be happy, and we don’t like to be social, exactly like the characters in the book. The novel expresses the challenges that people experience in their lives through the characters, and showing the pressure to conform, judgment, bad influences that we have in our own lives.

Every human being across the countries ,especially seen in teenagers, there is a antisocial element to the self. In the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie is a character displaying culturally familiar antisocial behavior. Like most of the teenagers, Charlie is
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