Discovery In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Whether motivated by need, wonder or curiosity, discovery has the power to be transformative. A discovery has the ability to both improve or deteriorate an individual’s outlook upon themselves, others and society as a whole. This concept will be explored and exemplified through William Shakepeare’s The Tempest, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Percy Shelley’s Ozymandias.
Both The Tempest and The Perks of Being a Wallflower feature a discovery of a new world as the initial, most apparent discovery. Although the worlds are vastly different, both are what enable the characters of their respective text to make transformations and find other transformative discoveries through the duration of the narrative. The two texts share
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Charlie experiences molestation at the hands of his “favourite person in the world”, his aunt Helen. Chbosky uses irony by Helen being his favourite person while also doing horrific things to him, we he does not know about until near the end of the novel. As an audience we discover, alongside Charlie, that he was in fact molested and abused by Helen. Through this discovery, Charlie’s entire world view is shattered and he suffers severe PTSD and eventually leads to his hospitalisation. Aunt Helen is a character which triggers two types of forgiveness within Charlie. He must learn to forgive what she did to him in order for him to heal his emotional pain. He also needs to learn to forgive himself as he has always blamed himself for the death of his aunt. She died on the way to buy him an extra Christmas present, which is heavily implied to be a way to keep the boy quiet about the molestation. Once he has forgiven himself, Charlie is able to rid himself of the guilt and start the process of achieving mental stability. The discovery of forgiveness is ultimately what transforms Charlie from a mentally distraught state to a sense of
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