The outsider in The Perks of Being a Wallflower The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is the first novel that comes to mind when talking about outsiders. Saying that Charlie, the main character of the novel is shy is an understatement. Charlie has an extremely difficult time with feelings and how to express them comparing to others, even if they may be confusing for anyone. The entire book is written as a series of letters to a “friend”. His letters give us an intimate look into his life, his thoughts, his hopes, his fears, and his fragile mental state.
The author, Chbosky, crafts a brilliant story highlighting the zenith point of many teenagers’ lives. Through the characters of Charlie, Sam and Patrick, each reader finds certain qualities of themselves and they are able to relate to. An idiosyncrasy of the book is the music mentioned in it. The specific song mentioned in the chapters almost sets the tone of the chapter if one listens to it. Chbosky appreciates the entertainment during adolescence by mentioning cultural references such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as he conveys that entertainment during our youth has an influence on who we are and what we believe.
This story is about how an introvert teen deals with love, alienation and depression. He has set out to prove that the state of being isolated from a group or the feeling that you have no connection with people around you can very bad for a person. Charlie always felt that he wanted to sleep for a thousand years or just not exist, or just not want to be aware that you do exist. Those instances make Charlie unaware that he is suffering to mental illness or mental breakdown. The main points set out by the author was
As illustrated in the Catcher in the Rye and the Perks of being a Wallflower, teenagers are generally different from how they appear to be. The protagonists of both of the books – two teenagers named Holden and Charlie – struggle with their inner dark memories. Holden’s classmate commits suicide and his brother dies because of leukemia. Charlie’s best friend commits suicide and his brother dies of leukemia as well. Holden’s and Charlie’s traumas can not be compared with each other’s trauma’s difficulty and harshness because they have difficult and incomparable childhood traumas.
In this quote, Wes Moore, the narrator is speaking from his house in Baltimore. Wes does not have many memories with his father because his father died when Wes was a little boy.This reveals that Wes had a difficult childhood. Wes looked up to his father because he was his protector. Wes’s only memories with his father are when he made him apologize to his mother and sister for hitting his sister and watching him die In this quote, Wes Moore, the narrator is speaking about the other Wes Moore and his brother Tony. Wes and his brother Tony both have rough lives and grow up taking drugs and hanging out on the streets.
One of the challenges that impacted Jordin the most was the loss of one of his best friends, his brother Terence. Tootoo’s journey to overcome challenges such as a brother’s death, alcoholism, and self-discovery, demonstrated how he was able to seize the opportunities and overcome his challenges. Jordin’s brother’s death played a significant role in his life as it left him damaged and emotionally unstable, which ultimately led to his abuse
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