January 23, 2012
Perks of Being A Wallflower Summary/ Analysis
The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a coming of age story written by Stephen Chbosky. The novel is written in numerous letters that the main character, Charlie, sends to an anonymous reader. It is never revealed who this person is but the intamicy of each letter makes the reader believe that Charlie is speaking directly to us. From begining to end, Charlie has faced many obsticles throughout the book and encounters many stuggles dealing with sex, drugs, and friendships.
The novel starts off with Charlie explaining the death of his only friend, Micheal. The suicide of his best friend did not help much with all his problems. And thus he begins to tell his life in these letters, day by day. Without his best friend by his side Charlie is now faced to begin high school feeling all alone. He did not know where he belonged or even who he was. Sometimes he had good days, and sometimes he had bad ones. In the letter, Charlie says, “ 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. (Chbosky,2)” Charlie has mixed emotions about his life. He does not realize how deeply depressed he actually is because he still sometimes senses happiness.
As the novel progresses, Charlie meets Sam and Patrick who are sibilings. Charlie feels as he is in love with Sam from the second he meets her, but manages to stay just friends for throughout most of the book. This friendship leads Charlie into a world of drugs, sex, and rock music. Charlie begins to explore on drugs such as LSD and pot. At a party they were all at Charlie says, “ And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.(39)”Charlie finally feels as if he belongs once he becomes friends with Sam and Patrick. To him that moment could have lasted forever. For once in his life Charlie felt right at place.
By the end of the novel Charlie seems to be doing much...