People like to be different and unique, one wants to stand out. But trying too hard to exclude yourself and separate yourself yourself from the rest of society only leaves you lonely and an outsider. Not being able to connect with people is not “cool”. In the bildungsroman novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky we follow the main character, Charlie, through the beginning of high school. The entire year the readers follow his story we also see how this type of isolation effects Charlie's mental health, and the differences in his mood when he is with his friends and when he is alone. Humans are a social species and we need each other's accompaniment to maintain a stable mental health. Dismiss the notion that being an outSIder is cool …show more content…
Stephen Chbosky uses the title The Perks of Being a Wallflower to display irony, because Charlies life while being excluded by society has everything but good moments in them. After the party where he was dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room and Charlie didn't choose his girlfriend, Charlie’s friends stopped talking to him. Charlies already poor mental health became worse when he was alone. In a letter on pg 144, about the aftermath of that incident he wrote, “ I don’t know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I use to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend is like.” Charlie is clearly unstable when being alone, just like all people would be if they were in a situation where they felt this lonely. Another moment where we can see how exclusion negatively impacts Charlie when he was walking around the mall alone, and saw a girl he used to be friends with, and a group of friends she was with. He went up to her and asked her about Michael, their friend who committed suicide. This was undoubtedly an awkward situation that Charlie puts her in, and she thinks what he did was strange. As they walked away one of the guys whispered,
At school when lunch time comes around, everyone disperses into their cliques, but not everyone belongs to a group. There is always a table at the corner of the cafeteria waiting to be occupied by the same student, and only him. Unfortunately, he is not the only one because there are many corners in cafeterias, leaving space for the lonely ones. Isolation is becoming quite common in the modern world; and is evident in the novels “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, and “The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The theme if Fahrenheit 451 is the danger of censorship upon the society One event that showed this theme is when Clarisse Mcclellan is telling Montag why she’s not at school very often. "I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed.
The film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, follows the story of Charlie as he braves through the challenges of freshman year. Throughout his first year, Charlies experiences friendship, alienation, love, mistakes, depression, acceptance of past events and newfound motivation. With the help of his love interest Sam, her stepbrother Patrick, and other likeminded individuals, Charlie is able to gain a sense of belonging and a boost of confidence that ensures his survival for the high school years yet to come (Halfon, Chbosky, 2012). This essay will delve into an in-depth analysis of adolescence from a socio-cultural perspective, using events from the film to provide examples and further enhance arguments. Furthermore, topics highlighting what I believe to be the most crucial aspects of adolescence will be discussed.
Isolation: Grendel’s Downfall In the novel Grendel, written by John Gardner, Grendel starts the novel with a childlike innocence and naiveness towards the world. As he meets the dragon and hears the Shaper for the first time that innocence slips away. In this work of literature, John Gardner puts into better perspective that isolation from peers, society, and loved ones can lead anyone into the darkness. Isolation from peers can be dealt with in a reasonable matter, for if one has society and loved ones, confidence and self esteem may not take a blow.
Despite my dad’s content for not needing to know, it leaves me wanting to pick up the puzzle pieces and put them together. A study showed that for individuals that have less knowledge of their identity are “salient predictors for depressive symptoms in adolescents” (Castle 307). Throughout high school I had no problem hanging out with people, I was very likeable and got along with most. The way I acted seemed to shift when I was hanging with each of the different groups I hung out with. My body would naturally withdraw from the crowd and seek solitude, not because of wanting to be alone, but because I felt lonely for some reason and not needed anymore.
Throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school I had always been extremely interested in reading. One of my biggest pet peeves was when a movie would be made about an excellent book and the movie would be average at best. This rings true for many book to films situations, but for this particular example it is not the case. I read Perks of Being a Wallflower over and over again, and I was petrified when I realized there was a movie produced for the novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
In Charlie’s eyes his two best friends were Joe and Frank. Before Charlie received the surgery, they did not cope with him as a friend, but Charlie failed to recognize it. Charlie was unaware of the meaning of “pulling a Charlie Gordon.” Once Charlie became rather intelligent, he noticed what it truthfully meant; it was to take advantage of him. Charlie had a job at a factory with Joe and Frank, until the entire faculty wrote and signed a formal petition to have Charlie lose his job.
To start off, everyone wants to have all of the friends they can. In the story, Charlie earns his intelligence, but he makes a point of saying, “This intelligence has driven a wedge between me and all the people I once knew and loved.”
1. The Perks of being a Wallflower is a story about a high school freshman named Charlie. Through the entire novel Charlie is writing letters addressed to an anonymous friend. In these letters, he talks about his journey throughout his first year in high school. Where he experiences everything for the first time – first dates, family drama, drugs and new friends. In other words; growing up.
The most discussed example of mental illness in the novel and film is depression. Stereotypically, a person suffering from this is depicted similarly to Charlie- an introverted and
The novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, is about a boy named Charlie who is a freshman in high school. He writes diary entrees of his daily life, and events that go on between him, his family, and friends. Charlie is a very quiet boy and keeps most things he sees and hears to himself. He talks to no one his age at school, but is friends with some seniors, and his English teacher, Bill. This book takes readers on an exciting yet risky journey with Charlie and his friends.
Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a freshmen in high school battling depression, and having no friends. Charlie finds his identity through his new friends and his first romantic relationship. The Perks of Being a Wallflower represented adolescence and the developmental challenges it bring in an accurate way. The Perks of Being a Wallflower can be very helpful to adolescents who are going through a difficult year of high school, or battling any kind of mental illness.
We all need to belong somewhere. Everyone needs people to be there for them. We need to adore our lives with others, rather it is our family, friends, coworkers, or just society alone. There are a lot of traits that makes everyone unique in their own way with some of these traits people can make you seem like you’re an outsider but it’s false.
Over the summer holiday, my English class was given the assignment to read one books from the summer reading list that was assigned to us, and then later, we were to write an essay about the book we had chosen. The book I selected was called “The Perks of Being a Wall Flower”, by Stephen Chbosky. There were two reasons why I had selected this book. The first reason being, that many of my friends from Canada had recommended it to me and the second, being that I had previously watched the movie. The three themes that seemed to be present throughout the book were sadness, love and family.
Gupta  Shrishti Gupta Ms.Kanika Dang English thesis paper 20th October, 2015 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stefen Chbosky ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ is a popular book read mostly among teenagers, it revolves around the life of an introverted boy called Charlie. This book is a rollercoaster of human emotions and an excellent portrayal of “misfits” as they struggle to find their place in the turbulent high school world. The readers have greeted this premise with empathy and understanding. Charlie’s haunting letters, addressed only to “Dear Friend,” bring readers straight to the heart of his struggles to fit in, to find the will to “participate” in life, and to cope with the realities of the larger world as he learns how to grow up. ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Stefen Chbosky and published in 1999.