The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
The themes woven through Charlie's life parallel the complexity of growing up in America: the clash between young adult and adult culture, experimenting with prohibited substances, understanding sexual identity, and participating in American teenage rituals.
What discordant patterns can you identify in contemporary society as an essential part of adolescents who live life on the fringe and how have you been affected or influenced by these themes?
Infinite: A Collage
By: Christine Schmitt
Infinite: A Song
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Many believe that feeling infinite is a quintessential part of growing up. In the Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie feels infinite when he connects with his first real friends. Why do you believe the feeling of belongingness has to power to create such strong emotions? Have you ever felt infinite? How so? DId it have any major impact on defining you as a person?
Having no boundaries or limits.
Immeasurably great or large; boundless: infinite patience; a discovery of infinite importance.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie listens to the song Asleep - The Smiths and at that moment he felt infinite. This video captures moments of feeling infinite in Duluth, Minnesota and relates to Charlie's experiences.
Relate to some of Charlie's experiences in the book. What inspires the feeling of being "infinite" for you; music, activities, place? Describe an experience as if telling a story about feeling "infinite."
The Voice of Adolescents
Description: Our slide show presentation uses symbolic images to signify major themes in the novel "Perks of Beign a Wallflower". Also, we hope that these image are meaningful to adolecents and others who deal with similar issues.
Question: What thoughts, emotions, or memories did you have while viewing the presentation? Did you deal with similar events or issues during adolescents that influenced you to become the person you are today?