The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie’s and Aunt Helen’s Relationship
Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower and is about a boy, Charlie who writes letters to an anonymous person explaining his troubles throughout his first year of high-school. Charlie talks about many relationships he has/had however the one I believe impacted him the most was between him and his Aunt Helen and her tragic death. Charlie doesn’t talk much about her and what exactly happened between him and his Aunt Helen but however the limited stories he tells and how he feels, she is defiantly an influence on who Charlie has become today. In the beginning of the book, Charlie portrays Aunt Helen as a very nice Aunt that used to live with him. He writes “Aunt Helen would always let us kids stay up and watch Saturday Night Live when she was babysitting” he talks about her in a very normal Aunt-Nephew relationship. You don’t find out until after about their true relationship, which tells me Charlie buries his emotions and memories about his Aunt. If Charlie is burring these types of emotions, they’ve had to affect him traumatically to the point where he has to see a psychiatrist. Later on in the book, around family holidays Charlie reveals that he and his Aunt were very close. She was the only other person other than his immediate family that bought him 2 gifts, one for his birthday and one for Christmas. Tragically when he was 7 and she was on her way home from buying him his 2nd gift, there was a snow storm and she died in a car accident. This event must have put a huge emotion burden of guilt, thinking he was to blame for his Aunts death. By the end of the book, Charlie reveals to us about his recent blocked memories he’s recalling. These memories are of his Aunt Helen molesting him while he was a child. Just by this event, what Aunt Helen did to Charlie is life changing for him, and...
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