Perks of Being a Wallflower Conflicts

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1. Dating: In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie deals with the conflict of having a crush on Sam, and trying to figure out how to deal with his crush. Charlie deals with the conflict of his emotions, but does not just want to fall in love with someone. This is evident in the novel when Charlie states, “It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush.”

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower all of Charlie’s friends are dating except for him. Patrick is dating Brad even though their relationship is secret and Sam is dating Craig. Charlie really doesn’t like the fact that Sam is dating Craig because he doesn’t think Craig is the right person for Sam. “I want Sam to stop liking Craig…It’s just that Craig doesn’t really listen to her when she talks. I don’t mean that he’s a bad guy because he’s not.” (48). It seems as if Charlie wants what is best for Sam however he may be pointing out Craig’s flaws only because he’s in love with Sam and wants her to date him.

Friendship is something that has been difficult but means a lot to Charlie, ever since his best friend Michael committed suicide. “And I think it’s sad because Susa ndoesn’t look as happy. To tell you the truth, she doesn’t like to admit she’s in advanced English class, and she doesn’t like to say ‘hi’ to me in the hall anymore.” (7). Charlie notices a lot about Susan during his first couple of days of school because she is one of the only people he knows. Charlie seems lonely in the beginning of the school year however he soon makes two very good friends. At one of the school football games Patrick recognized Charlie from his wood shop class and called him over where he met Patrick’s stepsister Sam. Eventually Patrick and Sam became Charlie’s best friends and they even introduced him to other people whom he also became friends with.

Parent-child relationships
Charlie doesn’t really have any problems with his parents because his parents don’t hit him and they...
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