Adolescence is a time of many changes including puberty, high school and finding one’s identity. Among the many changes in this period of development there are many new experiences combined with a greater amount of responsibility. Adolescence can be a difficult time for many people especially when trying to find out who they want to be. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie about a freshmen in high school who is going through experiences most kids his age do. Depression, suicide, peer pressure, first love, and the importance of friends and family are all elements in the development of an adolescent.
Holden failed to tell his parents that he was kicked out of his boarding school, again. He felt the information was superfluous to others, other than to himself and other people he wanted to know, such as his younger sister, Phoebe. My critique on this book starting with character development would be negative. The reason it’s negative is because the author completely and utterly skipped this step in the writing process.
His friend’s suicide and his aunt’s sexual assault and subsequent death flash before his eyes daily, a reminder of who he loved and lost. He is still willing to try to love again, finding Sam and Patrick. Charlie still refuses to refer to Patrick as ‘Nothing’, gives his friends kind, thoughtful gifts for at Christmas, refuses to hurt Mary Elizabeth’s feelings, and defends his friends in the cafeteria fight. Despite how much he has been hurt, Charlie is unwilling to hurt others, and hopes that he will be able to find people who feel the
He sees things. He keeps quiet. He understands. The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s main character Charlie, is a wallflower: reserved, isolated, and observant. Like a fly on the wall, he stays in the background, and goes unnoticed by many. In fact, he has not felt true recognition since he was a child, when his Aunt Helen visited from time to time. Aunt Helen made him feel loved and wanted, however, as a child, he did not recognize her actions for what they truly were: sexual abuse. Throughout his life, Charlie experiences flashbacks of moments spent with his Aunt, eventually understanding her actions as sexual misconduct, and suffering from the emotional turmoil stemming from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although the typical representation of PTSD in movies can often alienate viewers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an exception, because Charlie’s flashbacks allow us to be empathetic to his situation, normalizing the stigma around suicidal-depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As they spend the day together, they begin to realize their flaws and how much alike they are. The character I will focus on is Andrew Clark. He is a jock, the athlete on the wrestling team. He seems to enjoy his status as an athlete and has a high self-esteem because of that status. Andrew seems to feel like he needs to protect everyone but is hot-tempered.
At this point in the novel, I believe that the 'Coming of Age ' motif is becoming very recurring as the book goes on. Charlie is starting to reminisce more and think about things as a mature adult would. Mr. Etheridge made a very good analogy in class the other day, he said that as a kid you do not think about getting your new clothes dirty when you play outside. However, once you start maturing you question if it is worth it or not to get comfortable and sit on the grass and risk dirty clothing or suffer and stand. This really interested my because I can relate to this.
But Jenna knew that her mother’s friends could never fill the void left by her father.” In this quote, Jenna is observing her mother’s behavior and is realizing that Meredith Ward and Charlie Ward had a special relationship that could never be replaced and that causes her to feel disconsolate. Also, Meredith Ward is starting to become sleep-deprived because she has no one there for her. Lastly, Joe Sadowski was affected by Charlie Ward’s death. He was affected by the death because him and Michael make a false story about the gun to protect Michael’s image.
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.”
Caulfield begins to rant about how he was kicked out of school and how he hates school overall. Phoebe gets mad at him for not taking anything seriously and how he hates everything. Caulfield then begins to tell Phoebe that his fantasy was to become “the catcher in the rye”. But, Phoebe insisted that he did not remember the poem that he read a while back correctly. Besides that, Caulfield seeks counseling from his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini, about what he should do with his life in this current situation.
Colourful in every sense of the word, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off weaves the tale of a grand adventure. A collection of jaunty film angles and sidebars that break the fourth wall, it outlines the mischievous acts of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) on a day he declares too beautiful to spend at school. The film is as carefree as its protagonist, and the disposition of the film is colloquial in every sense. The buoyant storyline is what makes it so favourable and it is a combination of quirky characters, engaging dialogue, and recurring motifs that make this method of storytelling so intriguing.
The novel begins when Holden is expelled from the prestigious Pencey Prep High School, and then, without telling his parents, he roams the streets of New York, confronting the adult world while searching for a friend. This search for friendship leads Holden to see the dark side of humanity and reveals his own hypocrisy. His struggles, however insignificant, are decidedly human and his opinions fluid and flawed. Holden's desperate tone makes him an unreliable yet powerful narrator as he lies to himself and others in order to decrease his loneliness, showing the dark side of humanity. Holden’s desperation leads him to make a fool of himself as he attempts to relieve his loneliness.
The movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, is based in Western Pennsylvania and directed towards teenage boys and girls. The story begins with a teenage boy named Charlie Kelmeckis who is entering his freshman year of high school. He is trying to cope with the death of a close friend and close relative, his own life, his lack of friends, and starting a new life at a new school. Chbosky does a miraculous job at narrating all of these issues through the eyes of the shy, introverted teenager. The reader will experience waves of emotion as they progress throughout the movie about Charlie’s life as he goes down the road of realization and grows up. The story is written as a series of letters from Charlie
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a Fascinating Book and Movie “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” (2). The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky, has a very bumpy storyline featuring a teenager named Charlie. Charlie starts out his freshman year with no friends, but he eventually he meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors at his school.
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.
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. The analysis of hegemonic masculinity, age induced frustration and restrictions, and the discourse of innocence will be defined and elaborated on. Finally, a comparison between the socio-cultural and developmental lenses of youth analysis, the unique view they each offer and my personal experience using the socio-cultural lens, will be discussed.