'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

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The film adaption of the novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, does a fair job impersonating the life of an adolescent in his high school life through letters. Charlie, the protagonist and the narrator of the story, is a very shy, introverted , sorrowful freshman intimidated by his new school, new friends, new teachers. Making friends has always been very difficult to him: he is a wallflower watching life from aside. He writes letters to an imaginary friend and he confesses him much of his life experiences, thoughts, fears, dreams. He is haunted by very sad memories from his past, which becomes hallucinations from time to time. He makes friends with people who are older, two in particular, Sam and Patrick. His favorite teacher gives him…show more content…
Charlie uses this quote to talk to his sister and also to handle his romantic feelings for Sam. On surface level, the quote obviously references the kind of love shared between two people, whether it be marriage/committed partnership, deep infatuation, or something in between. This point in the film almost forces the audience to think deeper about the kinds of love in their lives as they relate back to Charlie. It forces one to ask, “What kind of love to I want? What kind of love do I have at the moment? What kinds of love do I think I deserve, and what kind of love do I actually deserve? Do I deserve more than I’m giving myself?” In addition to the crucial and greatest importance of accepting the love you deserve from a partner, is the fact is that this analysis can be applied to so many additional contexts in life, including the love you deserve from your family, the love you deserve from your friends, and most importantly, the love you deserve from yourself. To think that if the voice in your head would be your worst enemy isn’t the right way to think, if the voice in your head is always the one to tell you how much weight you’ve gained, how poorly you’ve been working and how much you suck at something, etc. you probably deserve better from yourself. Every time you look in the mirror, you have to work on breaking down that voice and help uplift a positive one
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