Of all the essays I’ve written so far in the last two academic quarters, three have stood out as what I consider to be my best work. The most recent two are works from my English 109 class, with the first, titled Classroom Wallflower, serving as an analysis of the merits of Stephen Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower as well as a determination of whether or not Perks should be a part of a high school curriculum. The second essay from my English 109 class, simply titled Optimism, is a concept definition essay examining and explaining the concept of optimism in regards to the effects it can have on those ascribing to and maintaining an optimistic mindset. The third and oldest essay, titled Lone Digger: Digging into Escapism, is from my previous …show more content…
While I am one of the few familiar enough with words that writing comes easily to me, I still find that going through an essay multiple times is an incredibly important part of the essay writing process. This importance was most emphasised in my English 108 class, where my professor made it a requirement to revise every essay twice, setting aside parts of classes to workshop with the class and insisting that we seek help in the University Writing Center around 4 times during the quarter. That, combined with the workshops and peer reviews done in my English 109 class have helped me create a process I can use to better my writing. Starting with an outline, I write a very rough draft before going through two or three revisions with my peers to create a strong argument and ensure the language used lends itself easily to whatever I’m trying to argue or explain. This series of edits and revisions is most noticeable in the thesis of my essays, especially in Lone Digger: Digging Into Escapism, where my thesis is “ Delving further, I would like to propose that Lone Digger is a song about escapism that gives us a deeper look into why some people are so desperate to escape through music and forgo their worries as they sway along to the hypnotic music, mumbling along with gibberish lyrics, and let go of their worries and loneliness, instead letting the song fill the void in their hearts.” (see page 12). At first, this sentence was three points, and it was only after the body paragraphs for said three points were written that the first version of my thesis was even drafted. It was only after reviewing with my classmates, at the writing center, and with an external resource that I was satisfied with the final
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Many stories have a nostalgic feel to them such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Bildungsroman stories also attract more readers when the characters speak about their past selves, some novels include Matilda by Roald Dahl, Holes by Louis Sachar, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Eugenia Collier’s use of literary devices in her short story “Marigolds,” portray the narrator’s nostalgia for the past. Collier uses dark symbolism to portray Lizabeth’s desolate and poverty stricken childhood community. The author also uses melancholy similes to interpret how moldable Lizabeth’s personality is.
During this last semester in American Literature, I unequivocally believe that I deserve a solid A. (claim) From the consistent punctuality of assignments, to the effort of sustained attention to class, I have reached an educational pursuit within your classroom, strengthening my writing capabilities. I have grown not only as a student but as a person, exploring the different parts of literature such as transcendentalism (Thoreau/Emerson and Into the Wild), American tragedies (The Crucible), dramas (The Miracle Worker), and even a picaresque novel (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). I have accomplished many things this year, gained some of my best grades yet, and produced deep insight regarding multiple topics throughout. Since the beginning
In the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the main character, a socially awkward teen named Charlie has recently experienced the trauma of the suicide of a friend. During the story the reader is brought through this experience and its effect on a growing teen in high school. The book is told through a series of letters that are written to an unknown person referred to as “friend”, this makes the book interesting because the reader feels that Charlie is almost having a direct conversation with them. In the book Charlie is shy but very observant, just like a wallflower. This leads Charlie to writing to the only person he can talk to which is the reader.
Students usually have to write a lot of essays to succeed in college. Instead of seeing each essay as an insurmountable burden, learn some tricks to make your essay easier to write. This article contains advice to help you create an essay that your professors will be pleased to read. 1) Choose a Powerful Thesis Statement Choosing a strong thesis statement is the trickiest part of good essay writing.
Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age novel that was first published in 1999. After five years of having random ideas such as “a boy standing in a tunnel”, a girl he likes, and parties he goes, the author began to write the novel when he was facing difficult times in his life. Set in the 1990s, the novel follows Charlie through his first year of high school where he faces challenges many teenagers may experience, including drugs and alcohol, sex, love, depression, homosexuality, and just feeling like you don’t belong. Chbosky has stated in interviews that he wrote the book as “a blueprint for survival... for people who have been through terrible things and need hope and support.” Perks was intended to be an unparalleled
I chose a fiction book called, “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, “ by Stephen Chbosky. It consists of fiction letters from the main character, Charlie Kelmeckis, to a friend. It takes place in a Pittsburgh suburb where Charlie is in high school. It is written from first-person, Charlie, the protagonist. The theme of the book is that he is trying to overcome the fact that he was abused by his aunt.
The road to death is filled with highs and lows grab a few friends and make the highs greater than the lows, breath though the lows and keep moving towards a better tomorrow. In the novel Perks of Being A Wallflower and the movie My Girl both main characters are greatly impacted by death of a close family member. This causes them to be social outcast,have family issues and feel the loss of close friends more deeply. Being a social outcast is a common but difficult thing.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a book where the main character Charlie is just starting high school which is an issue for him because he doesn’t have many friends. He starts out there by meeting his english teacher, who will eventually become a good friend. He finishes out his first day and goes to a football game where he meets Patrick and Sam. They are seniors who help Charlie through high school. During high school Charlie starts to feel happy and not be upset with everyone and everything because of the people that he’s meeting.
After reading the articles and complaints from parents about the use of inappropriate material in the classroom I think that it should be allowed for the purpose of educational use and if a book that is considered to be inappropriate is going to be read in class a note to the parents should be given just notifying them that their child will be reading that book in class. I don’t think it should be a note for a parent to sign to give their child permission to read the book, but rather a notification that they will be reading it. I don’t think that parents should be allowed to interfere with the school curriculum and change it for their child not to read a certain book because it would be denying them of the educational value and the powerful story it is expressing as said in the letter. The Perks of Being a Wallflower shouldn’t be seen just as an “inappropriate” book because of its “graphic sexual scenes” but rather as a book giving attention to the topic of mental health. The topic of mental health is often seen by many as not important as physical health or even ignored but “Perks” speaks about this issue and gives light to the subject.
Stephens Chbosky’s the perks of being a wallflower is by far one of the most touching and diverse books ever published. Set in the 90s, a decade remembered by many nostalgically, it focuses on the high school life of a number of teenagers. It discusses themes such as drugs, alcohol and psychological drama all while immersing its readers with the realistic progression of these events. The main character from whose perspective we view the story is Charlie, an emotionally troubled freshman, who after the death of his Aunt and the suicide of his best friend has become antisocial and emotional. The main character has a number of interactions with other secondary characters, such as, Sam and Patrick, who are his equally troubled friends and members
The book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is a fiction book about a teenage boy in high school that does not feel he fits in that much. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was written by Stephen Chbosky. The book was published on February 1, 1999. It was a very interesting book and had many good parts but some bad parts as well.
There are many benefits of reading, almost anyone you talk to will tell you that reading is good for your kids. But you also have to consider what is appropriate for certain age groups to be reading. As a highschooler I know that anything that can be in a book I know about or have done. I personally believe that a high school should be aloud to assign any reading they want even if it has “pornographic content” present in it. There are many people who think the book Perks of Being a Wallflower should be removed from the list of required books to read at Hempstead high because of the graphic content and that it isn’t appropriate for kids their age to be reading things of that magnitude.
Kc Adrian C. Pequiro October 6, 2016 Grade 11 – Viñes Sir Andre Peralta Book Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower The book is about a shy boy named “Charlie” who wrote diary-like letters addressed to anonymous people just to narrate his life at his school and on how he met some new friends who changed how he sees life and the world. The author of the book is Stephen Chbosky, who found his inspiration to write the book upon asking himself some question after he had experienced a bad experience in love. The book is interesting as it showcases the life of the teenager who is shy and unpopular as he changed his way of seeing the world with the help of his new friends.
Additionally, I now see where I can make improvements in my writing to become a more refined college level writer and use what I learn here to help me with various degrees of my life outside of the classroom. For this portfolio, I revised the first essay we did in the class, the "Summary and Response" essay. Furthermore, this essay a mere five pages seems like it should have been so easy, but then it was most challenging.
Introduction: A common theme in most Young Adult literature would be the bully. No matter what kind of story you might be reading there is almost always a bully, they can be young or old and are often one of the main characters. Authors are able to portray any character as a mean person and sometimes that quality is what makes a character that much more appealing. No matter when the book was written it shows that people do not really change all that much and there is always going to be that person who puts others down to feel better about their self. 1.