The book became automatically very popular. In an interview, Chbosky explains that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will allow readers to relate with the issues and find a common ground with Charlie and his friends and the problems that they face in the book. Charlie, a teenager has suffered from many problems including clinical depression, bullying, being a victim of sexual abuse and the loss of loved ones. All these problems ‘introduced in the book’ affects Charlie’s psychological state which eventually made him unable to continue living his life as a teen his age supposed to be. Chbosky’s character development within the book will make the readers relate to every aspect in Charlie’s character and his journey from adolescence to adulthood.
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. Stephen Chbosky uses many different rhetorical devices to foreshadow tramas that occured in Charlie’s early childhood.
John Hughes’s film The Breakfast Club (1985) resonates with certain modern-day stereotypes of high school students. The film also reflects on how much damage that social status and labels have on people, especially during adolescence. Hughes’s film breaks down the emotional barriers between ordinary high school students of different backgrounds through typecasting. As the actors take on the general roles of students that can be found in most high schools, the narrative of the story begins to drastically change as the characters are revealing their backgrounds with each other. As a result of using this technique, the film reveals the external and internal struggles that most adolescent children deal with in their lives.
As people mature,they often experience stages of development which may not reflect reality. Teenagers often view the world through their preconceived ideas or through what they want events or others to be, and inaccurate represents may control thoughts and actions. The protagonists Pip in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Henry in Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage struggle to separate what is from what they desire to have occur. Although both young men come from near poverty, imagine their illustrious futures, and must face shocking disappointments, they differ in how they manage their growth processes. Pip’s parents died when he was young and he ended up living with his sister and her husband Joe, a blacksmith.
Where he experiences everything for the first time – first dates, family drama, drugs and new friends. In other words; growing up. 2. Charlie is an unpopular and introverted teen who 's going through a new phase in life – High school. Everything is new to him, which makes him even more lost and confused.
As a teenager Chiron has a romantic encounter with his childhood friend Kevin. After this encounter Chiron begins to accept himself and begins to come to terms with his sexuality, this changes however, as a result of the fight. As a teenager Chiron faces the dilemma of having to choose either outing himself as gay, and risk being isolated and further harassed, because all of his peers are hypermasculine, or ignore his feelings in order to fit in. Chiron’s ambivalence with his sexuality leads him to ignore the issue and he continues to have mixed emotions about it into his adulthood. Finally, Black is the name Chiron goes by as an adult, who is now a drug dealer living in Atlanta and now a fully hardened criminal.
Holden deals with relentless insecurities and a struggle with his identity. Also, Holden is immensely curious and frightened by the idea of sex. The Catcher in the Rye deals with several topics that are relevant and similar to those faced by teenagers in the 21st century including persistent insecurities and the revelation of sex. Insecurities are something that the majority of teenagers face, this is also accurate for Holden Caulfield. Towards the beginning of the novel, Holden speaks with a previous professor of his, Mr. Spencer, about how he had flunked out of Pencey Prep.
Use of drugs, alcohol and sexuality are also this novel fits. There are many instances in which drugs and alcohol are used, either out of curiosity and sexuality that is new for Charlie even it is common to many teens. According to the author he stressed his desire that the story will reach out the teens who may feel alone or hopeless and help them see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While the story aim for teens the message offer a great opportunity for parents to guide and help their children who may feel hopeless and alone (S. Chbosky, 2012). This story is about how an introvert teen deals with love, alienation and depression.
Rationale Taking about drugs, youth, friendships and sex, the novel The perks of being a wallflower describes the complex life of Charlie. Charlie was an introvert young boy who has psychological issue. But after meeting Sam and Patrick, Charlie changed and be willing to express himself. At the end, his friends went to college and he started to live a life on his own. The experience in the tunnel is the first time Charlie opens his heart to others after all these years.
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE Parental influence and family backgrounds play a vigorous role of paramount importance in socializing children. According to Dawson & Grant (1998) children of alcoholics are at high risk for developing problems with alcohol and other drugs; they often do poorly at school, live with pervasive tension and stress, have high levels of anxiety and depression and experience coping problems. Apparently, children sometimes grow up in these families with the understanding that such “behavior” is normal.For instance; if one has a parent with an alcohol and drug use disorder greatly increases the chances that an individual will develop one at some point in their life and this individual will live to know that