The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Charlie Analysis

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As Plato, a famous Greek philosopher once said “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Music can inspire people to change and move on in life for the better, just as Charlie does for Patrick, his best friend in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky is about Charlie, the main, 14 year old protagonist, writing a series of letters to an anonymous friend. In his letters, Charlie discusses incidents and information about his closest friend, Patrick, a homosexual senior in a relationship with Brad, the quarterback of the school’s football team. As the novel progresses, Charlie…show more content…
Out of all the songs, Charlie gives Patrick in the mixtape; some songs are suitable while others are not because of their different meanings, lyrics, messages, and tones. The song “Asleep” by The Beatles is a song about suicide, isolation, death, and depression. This is the first song in the mix tape Charlie makes for Patrick and a song Charlie has very strong feelings for because he includes it twice in Patrick’s mix tape. The song is suitable for Patrick because towards the middle of the novel, Patrick goes through a hard time with his boyfriend Brad, and this song speaks to his depression, his problems as well as telling Patrick to move on with his life. For example, in the song it states “There is another world. There is a better world….Bye, bye, bye, bye, bye.” These lines in the song tell Patrick that there isn’t only going to bad moments in his life. It gives him hope that there are better moments and memories in life and that there is a better life full of happiness and joy rather than depression and death. It convinces Patrick to forget happened in his horrible past with his boyfriend, Brad, and just move on to start a new life better than the previous he was living. This would show Patrick letting go of all his problems and…show more content…
This song is suitable for Patrick because it tells Patrick to come out of the dark and be free and happy as whom he is for being gay. In the song, it states “Take these broken wings and learn to fly.” This proves how you are sometimes given what you want, by people, but its broken, which makes you lose your hope of being where you wanted to be and makes you feel like that person is making fun of you by giving this. But it teaches to just accept what you have and learn to use that to achieve your goals and to not take useless help from others because that won’t help you get anywhere in life. These lines also tell that the bird who is given these broken wings will not fly on the first try, but he/she will need to patient in order to learn how to use these broken to his/her advantage. It also tells that the bird can’t give up and just let go of the idea of flying in the open night with the other birds. He/she needs to be determined to do whatever it takes to fly freely. This song is suitable for Patrick because it helps Patrick that there will always be struggles in life. But he needs to someone who is willing to overcome those struggles and obstacles with his courage and bravely, only will he truly free like everyone else he sees and be able to be the nice, kind person he truly is. Some critics might say that this song is not

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