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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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“I just need to know that someone out there listens and understand and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist.

            I think you of all people would understand that because I think you of all people are alive and appreciate what that means. At least I hope you do because other people look to you for strength and friendship and it’s that simple. At least that’s what I’ve heard.

            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."

(Page 2, Charlie)

It is important for us to know what kind of person Charlie is writing to. We get a feeling of what kind of morals this person has when Charlie mentions an opportunity for a person to sleep with another person and did not act on it. I think this is important to Charlie because he has seen someone be raped, and has similar experiences in his life. In addition, Charlie tells us how he feels about his life and his happiness.

 

“The thing is some girls think they can actually change guys. And what’s funny is that if they actually did change them, they’d get bored. They’d have no challenge left. You just have to give girls some time to think of a new way of doing things, that’s all. Some of them will figure it out here. Some later. Some never. I wouldn’t worry about it too much."

(Page 23, Patrick)

 When Patrick gives his advice to Charlie, I find it humorous. Not only because Patrick is gay, but alos the conclustion that he came to that all girls are trying to do are change guys.

 

“In the hallway, I see the girls wearing the guys’ jackets, and I think about the idea of property. And I wonder if anyone is really happy. I hope they are. I really hope they are.
(Page 23, Charlie)

Charlie is very sincere when he talks about people’s happiness. Not many people are like this and it is a great quality to have. I think he feels this way because he also wishes and is striving to be happy.

 

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve."

(Page 24, Bill)

I love when Bill says this. He is referring to Charlie’s sister being hit by her boyfriend and her not doing anything about it. Bill is saying that because Charlie’s sister thinks she deserves to be hit by her boyfriend, and that is why she let him.

 

“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand."

(Page 37, Patrick)

This is the first time Patrick realizes he can really trust Charlie with personal things. He knows that Charlie will not say anything to anyone. Not just because he does not have anyone to tell, but also be cause he understand what it is like to be different.

 

“I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has."

(Page 181, Bill)

This is very special and kind of Bill to say to Charlie. Bill can see what Charlie is like and what he does with his friends and family and gets to know him well enough to learn that he has been mistreated.

 

 "Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think everyone is special in their own way. I really do."

(Page 182, Charlie)

Charlie's reaction to Bill's comment suprised me. Instead of saying,"Wow, I really am special," Charlie thinks about others again. He is wondering if they know they are special if they are happy.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By: Stepehn Chbosky