Perk Of Being A Wallflower, And 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower'

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Mental health has become a major priority in the world of medicine and because of this, it’s issues are being exposed to people everyday. This exposure is giving people the opportunity to go to professionals, share their troubles, and get the help they deserve. One demographic however, is not as comfortable coming forth and receiving help. This is the case for young adult males all over the world. The reason behind this is because lots of young men do not believe they are allowed to have emotions and often hide their true feelings for the sake of “masculinity”. The fact that some young adult novels have male characters who are open about their mental problems shows that we as a society are taking a step in the right direction. The themes of loneliness and vunerability in the young adult novels, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, highlight the troubles young males feel in today’s society. Craig Gilner, the main protagonist in Ned Vizzini’s, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is an awkward, depressed, teenage boy who is having suicidal thoughts. He checks himself into a mental ward of a local hospital rather hastily and soon realizes the consequences of doing so. At one of his first counseling sessions he says, “Younger people than me are on TV and getting their lives in order. I'm still a nobody. When am I going to not be a nobody?” (Vizzini 46) This shows Craig’s vulnerability while he expresses his feelings of dissatisfaction with where he is at

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