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The Perks of Being a Wall Flower Analysis

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Molly Pals
University Seminar
11/27/10


The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
Bibliography- Chbosky, Stephen.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  1999.
Main Characters:
Charlie- Genius, something from his past is affecting his life but he cannot remember what it is, reads a lot of books that are given to him by his English teacher
Sam- Charlie’s crush, Brings Charlie in as a friend but also introduces him to the party scene
Patrick- Sam’s stepbrother, gay, has a secret relationship with the star QB of the school
Older Sister- Typical high school teenager, thinks she is in love, hit by her boyfriend, gets pregnant but has an abortion
Big Brother- In College, football player, comes home twice during the school year
Aunt Helen- Sexually abused Charlie when he was a young boy, died a few years before the book’s current setting
Teacher- Gives Charlie extra books and assignments because he is smarter than everyone else
Anonymous friend- receiver of Charlie’s thought provoking letters

Summary:
Unlike the other books I have read so far for this class, this has a lot of small issues that would take pages to write about.  The other books just had a couple of large issues that were easy to talk about.  I’ll do my best to keep this summary short. The format of the story is about a freshman in high school who is writing to an “anonymous” friend.  The young man, Charlie, just lost a friend, possibly his only friend to a suicide has psychological problems, can’t get the one girl he loves; while at the same time is an absolute genius. He thinks out loud to his “friend” about a lot of things that are very thought-provoking. Luckily, he meets a couple new friends at a high school football game who are legitimate good people.  Patrick is gay, but also very kind, and Sam is beautiful and Charlie’s crush.  Charlie’s new friends also show him the bad side of being in high school: parties, alcohol, and other drugs. Many things happen throughout the school year: fights,...

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