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JaimeSesgundo

APLanguage&Composition
Davis
25January2015
AnalysisEssay
In
ThePerksofBeingaWallflower
,authorStephenChboskypushesthescriptintackling
controversialissuesrelevanttohisyoungadultaudience.Formanyofusthetransitionalphase
weexperiencedgrowingupandenteringhighschoolmarkedatimeofdistress,withfearsof
beingacceptedorbyhavingtoactacertainway.Charlieinmanywaysrepresentsthat
experience,andhisowntransitionfromboyhoodtoanadultarethematicallyexpressed
throughoutthereading.Charliesdecisionsandcharactergrowthserveasareminderofwhowe
areasapeopleandtheexperiencesweencounterthroughoutourlivesandultimatelyhowthey
affectwhowebecome.Chboskystoneandperspectivethroughoutthereadingmakeitblatantly
obviousfortheoverallthemeofaComingofAgeforhismaincharacterCharlieashisinitial
innocenceaspassivityiswarpedbytheendofthenovel,makinghimtheregarded
Wallflower
Inthebeginningofthenovel,ChboskydesignsCharliescharactertobesimpleby
nature,completelyonedimensional.Bythestartofhighschool,Charliesretainsthesamenaive
characteristicsthathavebeenpresentthroughouthislife.Asashy,quiet,andpassiveindividual,
Charlieisineveryrespectthe
Wallflower
inwhichthebookisnamedafter.Drastically
howeverhisroutinelifebeginstoshiftoncehebeginstobeundertheguidanceofhisnewly
acquiredfriendsSamandPatrick.ItisherethatChboskycleverlyportraysthedevelopmental
changesoccurringtoCharlie.UndertheirinfluenceCharlieisexposedtothestereotypicalteen

realmofsex,drugs,andpartying.Amongstalloftheteenangst,however,Charliethoughhis
friendsisabletoexperienceforthefirsttime,love,openness,andacceptance.
ChboskyreflectsCharliesnewexperiencesasthethemeofhimslowlyleavinghis
boyhoodandhowhisexperiencesbytheendofthebookmoldhimintoanewcharacter.The
strongestexampleofnewfoundemotionforCharlieundoubtedlyisunexpectedattractionto
Sam.Beinghisfriend,Chboskyhumorouslyutilizesthistoexplainamyriadofcharacter
developmentinCharliesquesttoovercometheconfusionthatcomeswithafirstlove.Love
perhapsdescribedas
Weacceptthelovewethinkwedeserve.(27)expressesanenigmato
Charlieswhoseultimatequestistointerpret.
SignificantaswellishowCharlieisabletoexperiencechangeinrespecttohis
personality.Initially,Charliehadalwaysthoughthimselfasnothing,insignificantwhich
manifesteditselfintohiswallflowerform,buteventuallythroughhisfriends,Charliechanges
himself,tothepointwhereheactuallybreakshispassivecomposureinordertophysicallyfight
forhisfriendsdignity.Therevelationashedescribed,IjustcouldntwatchthemhurtPatrick
anymore,(117).
IntrinsicalchangealsomarksanareawhereChboskysexpressionofCharliesComing
ofAgeisdepicted.OnecouldarguethatasCharlieadmitshisloveforSam,thathispassage
fromboyhoodtomanhoodiscomplete,andwithithispastrepressedselfisrevealedaswell.
ReflectedbytheendofthenovelisCharliesnewfoundunderstandingofhimself.Hisprevious
repressedmemoriesofabusenolongerhaunthimandCharliebeginstoacceptthenegative
qualitiesthatultimatelymakehimthemanwhoheis.

Uniquely,
ThePerksofBeingaWallflower
givesinsightonthejourneyofaboyonthe
roadtoselfdiscovery.Initiallybeingtheembodimentofinnocence,Charliespersonalgrowth
symbolizesStephensrecurringthemeofariteofapassage.Atwhichbytheendofthenovelhe
iscompletelyuniquetohispreviouscharacter.Chboskycolorfullyillustratesthequestofhis
maincharacterCharlietothealltoofamiliargoalofachievingloveandacceptance.Throughout
itallCharliestrugglestoalterhispreconceivedideasofAcceptingthelovewethinkwe
deserve.