Stephen Chbosky's The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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The novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been challenged or banned in many schools. Parents are cautious for their children to read this novel mainly because of the disputed topics throughout the book. Many parents do not want their children reading about homosexuality, rape, and suicide. However, others argue that within these controversial topics there are many educational keynotes which can be made. Stephen Chbosky is a graduate from the University of Southern California’s filmic writing program. He later became an award winning author and director. One of the many productions involved the “feature film adaptation” of his novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (Chbosky). Stephen Chbosky creates background information for a reading…show more content…
Throughout the story line Patrick has to either find a way for society to accept him or cope with society not accepting him. While others find it inspiring, this leaves some parents uneasy. The novel not only address the topic, but has a pro-homosexuality poster child as a main character; this leaves many parents with extreme anxiety. Another vexed topic in the novel is rape. There are many accountants were the main character discussed rape. He witnessed his sister and a stranger get raped, and he too was raped. Chbosky says, “My response has always been rape is violence, not sex, so how can it possibly titillate anybody? If it does then that warrants a much larger discussion than a book." (Vo). On the flip side, many parents find these rape stories have the potential to spark post traumatic stress among those who have been through such instances, include no educational purposes, and are too lewd and detailed for teenagers. Along with rape, Charlie also has to confront the treacherous waters of suicide. In many cases, Charlie found himself depressed, and attempted suicide; he did not succeed. But the mere thought of suicide disturbs almost everyone, especially parents. The book is banned in many schools, because suicide is a leading cause of teenager’s deaths. Most parents are unambiguously not comfortable with their own children reading or discussing this

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