Charlie Kelmeckis is described as a “wallflower.” He is socially awkward and likes to keep to himself. He also really enjoys reading and writing. Charlie cares deeply for others, but has a lot of guilt about past events. For example, Charlie believes that the death of his Aunt Helen is his fault, because she was killed in a car accident on an errand to get Charlie a birthday gift. Charlie has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. His mental instability was mostly caused by being sexually abused by his Aunt Helen before the age of seven. Charlie experiences flashbacks of his Aunt over the course of the movie, but all are portrayed in a positive light.
The book also focuses on Charlie’s home life. Charlie has two siblings that make him feel invisible. There’s a hidden resentment in the tone that is used by Charlie to explain his sister and brother. But by the end they have managed to form a certain bond that Charlie has always wanted.
His frustration grows after his friends start heading off to college and has a constant stressor from all the flashbacks he’s having, believing that he himself killed his Aunt. Charlie was close to his aunt as a child and it is obvious that aunt Helen was playing favoritism when it came to charlie. Aunt Helen gave him a special attention and she was kind to him, she told him that she understood him and he was special but this in a way was a ruse. Charlie repressed his memories of aunt Helen 's sexual assault but started realizing eventually, Charlie has a mental breakdown during his first sexual encounter with Sam and the realization of his past comes flooding in after she touched his leg similar to the way his aunt Helen did to him. He was sexually assaulted by his aunt and he tried forgot all of this and he tried to move on with his life but he saw memories that haunted him. This could be the possible reason and explanation as to why he said to her sister that he wished their aunt to die. Afterward, charlie is in a hospital after trying to commit suicide and must start accepting the truth to get past what happened. Charlie is often trying to please people and is always worried about how other people feel but never truly worries about himself, it could be that charlie is very caring but it is possible that charlie has had this way of thinking instilled in his mind: aunt help was very disturbed as charlie knew this and because of this he was constantly
In a drunken rage he locked his wife out of their home in the middle of a storm. Helen then walked through the storm to her sister’s home where she eventually became sick and died leaving behind a young daughter, Honoria Wales. Because of Charlie’s actions he lost custody of Honoria and she went to live with Marion Peters, Helen’s sister. Years later Charlie returned to Marion with a request. He asked that he be given custody of his daughter. Charlie claimed that he has changed since that horrible night and that now he could be a better father.
Miss Kinnian was Charlie Gordon's teacher before the operation. She was very kind to Charlie and realized how much potential he had to become smarter. When Charlie had the operation, it took time for Charlie to become smarter. As days passed Charlie became smarter and smarter. Charlie soon became so smart he did not attend Miss Kinnian's class. Although he was not in her class anymore, Charlie felt strongly for Alice, and Alice soon felt the same for Charlie. One evening when they went out for coffee Alice told Charlie that she did not want their relationship to get in the way of his learning and did not think they should see each other anymore. This was the start of a great deal of argument. Charlie then bought his own apartment. Next door lived an artist named Fay Lillman. Charlie and Fay became friends. Fay was unaware of Charlie's operation and believed he was always that smart. When Charlie's operation deteriorated so did their relationship. Fay no longer wanted to see Charlie because Charlie was not a normal man, but a mentally handy cap man. Although Charlie and Alice argued a great deal, Alice still loved him and stayed by his side in the times he needed her most. As soon as Alice heard that Charlie was deteriorating, she went to Charlie's apartment and stayed with him, until he kicked her out. Alice was the only true friend Charlie
After falling out with his friends because of his mistake with Mary Elizabeth, Charlie became even more depressed than he was before Sam and Patrick. He turned to smoking as a way to grieve at the loss of his friends and the loss of his previous life. Charlie becomes ever out of it. When his sister needs him to drive her to the abortion clinic, he feels important and depended on and as he reported this was the first he felt needed. This repercussion with his sister helped him
Charlie is mocked and bullied at school, and nobody wants to be friend with him. He is counting down the days he has left since the first day of high school. He eats alone, walks alone, and he is invisible. Even though, his family care about him and support him, he doesn’t share anything with them. Until he meets Mr. Anderson, his English teacher. He sees the potential in Charlie, and encourages him to read and write, as well as participate in the outside world. Later on, he becomes friend of Patrick and Sam. Sooner, he is introduced into their world, a group of people of punks, film buffs, goths, music lovers, stoners, and writers. He goes to the party where he
Charlie’s friendship with Jasper Jones, his parents, and witnessing the intolerance of Corrigan are the three biggest factors in Charlie's development from innocence to experience. Jasper Jones exposed him to fear and forced him to be brave and face his fears, the rampant intolerance in Corrigan, both racial and otherwise, exposed him to the injustices of the real world, and his relationship with his parents taught him to be diplomatic and control his
When Celie finds her sister’s letters, it unlocks a new world for her. Instead of being submissive and downtrodden, she realizes the full extent of the abuses she has suffered from Mr.__. This knowledge gives her the strength to leave him. Celie heads off to Memphis with Shug to start a new
Throughout his diary entries, Charlie demonstrates an emotional attachment to his Aunt Helen. Although Charlie isn’t aware, Aunt Helen is in his subconscious: the part of the mind that an individual is not aware of but influences one's actions. According to Charlie, his aunt is his favorite person in the world. Aunt Helen lived under her sister's roof for her last few years of life after living a dreadful life. This woman was formerly molested by a family friend and when she revealed this information to her parents, the suffering didn’t stop because they saw it as a false claim and continued inviting this man over. This traumatic event led to an overuse of drugs, the frequent reentry to a hospital, a jobless life, and lastly the repeated sexual abuse of a young version of Charlie. Charlie develops a form of
Charlie and his wife lived in Paris during the twenties, and just as any other night they were out drinking and having fun. They get into a fight witch results in his wife, Helen, kissing another man. Charlie storms home, and an hour later when Helen has stumbled herself home, Charlie locks her out of their apartment and she dies soon after. Charlie has a breakdown and is institutionalized right before he looses all his money in the stock market crash of 1929. As the story opens three years later Charlie is back in Paris, sober, determined to get custody over his daughter, Honoria, who lives with Helens sister, Marion.
Well, his mom is very strict and treats Charlie unfairly. His father stays out of the conversations Charlie has with his mom, so he is no help. So Charlie went to the library to read, and his mom spazzed at him. “Before I can close the front door, my mother has slapped me. Hard and sharp. Much like Mrs. Wishart, but with considerably more venom. It stings for a long time. I touch my face, shocked”(Silver 94). She full on slapped Charlie in the face, for going to the library! Her excuse was that there is a killer on the loose, but no one knows that for sure. It's what comes after this that showed Charlie’s courage. “Go to your room! She screams. I can’t! There's a wasp in there. What? There's a wasp in there! That's why I couldn't get changed! I don't care! She yells, pointing toward the back of the house. Well, that's been patently obvious for some time! Excuse me? She leaned in, aggressive, speaking through her gritted teeth. Goddamnit! I yell. I'll go and bloody get stung”(Silver 96)! Charlie knows that his mother is treating him unfairly, and he decides to talk back to his mother, trying to defend his case. He even swears at her. He stood up for himself and left his mother stunned. She has treated him unfairly most of her life, so it was about time she got a taste of her own
He later claims that he only allows himself this one drink, so the idea of alcohol won’t grow too large in his head, which allows him to control his old addiction. After the bar he then makes way to his sister-in-law’s, Marion Peters, in order to convince her to allow him to regain custody of his daughter Honoria. Unfortunately for Charlie, Marion still views him as the irresponsible drunk that he used to be, and also blames the death of her sister, Helen, on Charlie himself. This barrier becomes hard to break when trying to convince her that he is a changed man, but Lincoln, Marion’s husband, reasons with Charlie and believes that he has changed. But Marion remains to resist the fact that even though Charlie has changed she cannot view him differently and states, “… It’s something you’ll have to square with your own conscience.” Showing that he has to live with the decisions he’s made. After she storms out, Lincoln states how he sided with Charlie and that Marion is just not being able to accept the fact that he is in fact a changed man. Charlie had finally won them over and was at last, going to get his daughter back, but to
Afterwards, the group attends a party where Dr. Barnes tells Sister Bates (Eden’s ex) that he is still mad at Doctor Eden. She begins to tell him that he wants Nurse Linley, who is known as Doctor Barnes' fiancée. After they talk about it, Sister Bates stops
Furthermore, he finds happiness in the smallest pleasures in his daily life. Before his surgery, he lives happily without feeling physical and emotional pain. After the procedure, he finds out that Algernon, a mouse who goes through the same operation as him, starts digressing downhill and his mental ability to be intelligent starts to go away. Charlie is wretched because he knows that this will soon happen to him. Moreover, he has become alienated from all of the people he loves. Charlie recalls that "[he is] alone at Mrs. Flynn's boarding house most of the time I seldom speak to anyone"(___). He has nothing to hold onto, and he even has thoughts of suicide. " Dr. Straus came to see me again... I told him to go away...I am touchy and irritable.