Theme Analysis of the Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a wallflower Theme Analysis Through the story of The Perk of Being a Wallflower a regular kid named Charlie struggles through his freshman year. And he finds himself with a group of friends that guide him through many things and he learns to face many obstacles through his life. He deals with drugs, sex, pain and love and he's a kid that wears his heart at his sleeves. This story helps portray the theme of "growing up." A wallflower is classified as a late bloomer which is presented that Charlie has somewhat a child like view on the world and it's all about to hit him. Throughout this series of letters to the unknown person, we are taken back to what it's like to "grow-up" among sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We experience with Charlie the joys of high school and the crazy parties. We also experience the harshness of the world and personal identity; finding out who we are and where we fit in the world. The book reflects on topics that teenagers could maybe relate to. This isn't a book about feelings, love, or any other singularity; this book is incorporates all of those things, describing life and the struggles that we go through as we grow up. Charlie summarizes the core of the book in two simple sentences, "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." (Chobosky 2) The rawness and reality of this book will keep the reader intrigued, allow room for discussion and analysis and encourage the reader to think critically about a variety of topics that have pertained to their own lives. By the end of the story Charlie says, " I was crying because I was suddenly aware of the fact that it was me standing up in the tunnel with the wind over my face. Not caring if I saw downtown."(Chobosky 159) It demonstrates that once Charlie said this that he was ready

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