Perks of Being a Wallflower
doesn’t want anyone to figure out who he is / who the person is he
slept with -
is both: happy and sad -
his friend Michael killed himself by a gun | he is very sad -
after that: older brother is really nice to him (let him work on his
perks of being a wallflower
s­tory is about a boy, named Charlie, who is a misfit and has his
first day at high school. He is a bit weird; he counts the days till
graduation day (1385 days) and writes letters to friend” but it
Peer groups and outsiders
Charlie is described as "special" (p.154, l.17), a "wallflower" (p.37, l.49) "You see things.
You keep quiet about them. And you understand"; "God, that kid is such a fucking freak." (p.123, ll.68ff; p.166, ll.24-28); "I don't know how much longer I
can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend was like."(p.123, ll.63-66; p.92, ll.7-22).
o Discuss the quotes and statements to find out why Charlie is not accepted by the pupils of his age.
Norms and values
The narrator (as letter-writer) is a 15-to-16-year-old who hangs around with senior students (who are about 18years old), and who is also influenced by the adults in his family as well as at school (in particular, Bill).
The "norms and values" of a society, especially when they concern the process of growing up, are usually reflected in family and school environments; find out about them with the help of the references (cf. p.28, ll.26-31; p.20, ll.20-26; p.24, ll.35ff; p.97, ll.59ff; p.168, ll.35ff; p. 98, I.13; pp. 100 & 104; pp. 40ff & 125f; pp. 150ff; p.
118; p. 45, I. 60; pp. 134-136; p. 133, II.51-54; p.34; ll.32ff; p.133, ll.46-47; p.134, I.17; p.87,l.67; p. 88, ll.8ff; p. 132, ll.10-11; p.10, ll.31-32, p.10, ll.22-23, 30; p.88, ll.
21-22; p.24, l.30; p.53, ll.46ff.) o Describe and explain these values!
o Discuss their impact and function on the development of the story and the life of the characters!
Literature (EXTRA for ADVANCED STUDENTS)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower mentions several well-known works of literature.
Many of the titles cited form part of the high-school English literature curriculum.
Charlie is asked to read these books by his Advanced English teacher.
Some are apparently more important than others, as they are m.....[read full text]
During a group session present your results to the rest of the group and discuss to what extent there has been a development or a change either concerning the way you analyse a particular character or how two or more characters interact with each other.
At the end of each group session, you should have a set of revised notes on "your" particular characters, so that by the time you finish reading the novel you have accumulated enough material.