The Influences of Friends

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a touching coming of age story about a teenage boy named Charlie who is entering into his freshman year of high school and trying to cope with death, life, friends, and sexuality. Charlie a shy, introvert teen that becomes friends with new people and starts to experience new things in his life. Charlie’s life is greatly shaped by a few of his friends, namely, Patrick, Sam, Bill, Mary Elizabeth, Michael, Aunt Helen, and lastly his sister. There are many examples of influences on Charlie’s life in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Charlie, the main character and the ‘wallflower’ is exposed to new ideas from all different sides. Charlie meets Patrick and Sam who probably end up leaving the biggest impression of all on Charlie. Patrick and Sam were Charlie’s best friends. They were always there to give him a word of advice and help push him out into situations to learn new things. While not everything Charlie did because of them was the best, such as the time he let Patrick kiss him even though he didn’t want him to, they definitely helped Charlie to broaden his horizon and give him a new outlook on life. Patrick and Sam were the first real friends Charlie had ever had. They stuck by him. Sam encouraged him to keep writing by giving him a typewriter. Sam also gave Charlie advice when he started going out with Mary Elizabeth for the first time. They teach Charlie that life should be lived and not watched. There is Charlie’s teacher Bill, who saw a shy, reluctant and unsure teenage boy enter the school year with a handful of struggles and insecurities and reached out to encourage and help him. Bill pushes Charlie to expand his knowledge by reading, and then writing reports on the books that he read. Bill saw that Charlie was a smart kid and had a lot of potential but needed a direction and needed to be pushed in that direction. Bill saw something in Charlie that others missed. After giving...
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