Analysis Of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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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…show more content…
This line is spoken twice throughout the film, the first time coming from Charlie’s advanced English teacher, Mr. Anderson. He and Charlie grow extremely close throughout the movie. Charlie asks his teacher why his family and friends choose to be with people who continue to treat them badly. Towards the end of the film, Sam, one of Charlie’s close friends, asks him the same type of question. The response is the same both times, echoing the theme that resonates throughout the movie. According to Stephanie S. Speilmann from the Department of Psychology at The University of Toronto, “the fear of being single is a meaningful predictor of settling for less in relationships” (Speilmann). The idea of being single is unsettling to many people, especially those who recently just got out of a relationship. There are many reasons as to why people are afraid of being single, whether it’s loneliness, social pressures, or even having jealously of friends or family whom are in thriving relationships. Each and every one of the characters in The Perks of Being a Wallflower have multiple different problems, and most of the problems they struggle with come from their relationships, whether with their significant other or a family member. The movie is very effective with getting the message across to viewers by deeply focusing on all of the characters relationships and their own…show more content…
She is a very loud, opinionated person; he is not attracted to her personality at all. He is not putting forth much of an effort into the relationship because he still has unspoken of feelings for Sam. At a Christmas party, the friend group and a few others were in a circle playing the classic teenager game, Truth or Dare. Charlie was dared by Patrick to kiss the prettiest girl there. Without thinking, he turned to Sam and kissed her. This obviously upset both Mary Elizabeth and Sam because it became obvious that Charlie has feelings for Sam. This hurts Mary Elizabeth’s feelings and causes his friendship with Sam to take a few steps back. His friends don’t talk to him for a few weeks, causing Charlie’s depression and anxiety episodes to return; he also begins writing to his “friend” again. This is a common pattern throughout the film. His parents tell him to break up with her, but he doesn’t want to hurt her feelings by breaking it off. Mary Elizabeth isn’t getting much
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