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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Study Guide

Stephen Chbosky

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Overview

Author

Stephen Chbosky

Year Published

1999

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the main character, Charlie, is a freshman in high school who writes letters in first person to an unknown recipient. Charlie is not his real name, and he has changed everyone else's name to protect his identity.

Tense

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie writes his letters in both the present tense and past tense.

About the Title

A wallflower is a person who is shy and tends to view life from the sidelines rather than actively participate. A perk is a privilege. The title The Perks of Being a Wallflower may seem at first to be verbal irony (where the meaning contrasts with what is said), but the main character Charlie's passive nature does have some benefits. Because of his introverted personality, he becomes quite observant, intuiting what people like, which makes him an excellent gift giver, friend, and deejay at parties. Charlie may feel shunned at times, but he finds belonging with a group of fellow outcasts.

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