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Thesis/Outline Both making their way through unexpected hardships , Piscine from Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi and Charlie from Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower share comparable elements , as do the novels themselves . While numerous intricacies coincide between these characters and their respective works , drastic differentiation between their presentation and repeated imagery also abound . I. Character elements A. Names B. Childhood II. Narration A. Manner B. Components III. Character arches A. Pi’s journey B. Charlie’s journey
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Both making their way through unexpected hardships , Piscine from Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi and Charlie from Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower share comparable elements , as do the novels themselves . While numerous intricacies coincide between these characters and their respective works , drastic differentiation between their presentation and repeated imagery also abound . “Charlie” is not the actual name if the letter writing protagonist in Perks , rather , it is the name he dubs himself in an attempt to stifle recognition by the friend he writes his soul-pouring letters to: “I really don’t want you to [figure out who I am]” (Martel) . Charlie constantly faces belittling amounts of teasing because of his sensitivity and withdrawn persona . He changes his name , as well as the names of everyone else he mentions in order to evade embarrassment and allow for greater effect . If the “friend” were to realize who these people are , his opinion would belittle the intimacy Charlie shares with each of them . Charlie’s first attempts to cope with his lack of close friends revolve around reading literature and listening to music . He gets quite emotional when listening to The Smiths’ song “Asleep” with his first group of real friends , and Chobsky uses this as an opportunity for Charlie to produce one of the most resonant quotes in the book: “We all felt infinite” (Chobsky) . In the same way , “Pi” is not the actual name of Piscine; the narrating protagonist in Life of Pi . “Piscine” , the French derived term given him by his uncle , sounds close to the word “pissing” when pronounced , and as such , he bears the brunt of hurtful teasing comments from his peers through school . Piscine instead begins to refer to himself as “Pi” , the symbol of
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irrationality in math – a more respectable title to his nagging schoolmates . Reminiscent of how
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH ENC1105 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Harrison College.

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