Analyse how the ending was used to reinforce one or more ideas in the visual or oral text(s). Note: “Ideas” may refer to character, theme, or setting.
Although depression may seem like an endless burden to bear, those suffering from the mental illness need to hold on to realize that they are not alone, and that depression does end. Through the use of a range of film techniques employed throughout the final scene of the film, Stephen Chbosky successfully weaves this idea into the closing sequence of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The comedy-drama coming-of-age film reflects on the trials and tribulations of adolescent life, as we join protagonist Charlie on his journey of development. As Charle is introduced as a socially awkward “wallflower”…show more content… During the closing scene of the film, voice-over is utilized in the same manner as the opening scene to show Charlie is writing to his “friend.” Charlie’s habit of writing letters can be perceived as his way of coping with depression, as writing letters describing your feelings is a venting technique often recommended by mental health professionals. During this scene, Charlie expresses that he may not write anymore, saying he will be “too busy trying to participate.” In contrast, Charlie’s social inactivity is indicated at the beginning of the film, as his voice-over admits that “I haven't really talked to anyone outside of my family all summer.” Chbosky’s presentation of voice-over dialogue in the beginning and ending scenes of the film show the viewer the contrast of Charlie’s attitude towards social interaction in both moments in time, which, in turn, display his social development. As Charlie and newfound friends Sam and Patrick drive out of the tunnel during the ending scene, voice-over dialogue is applied in conjunction with a close-up shot of Charlie looking forward as his non-diegetic voice-over tells us “I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive.” Charlie’s eyes are filled with wonder, as he slowly stands up in the truck which Patrick is driving forward, symbolizing the hope Charlie has discovered as he moves forward into the future, realizing that there are moments that are worth living for. Using voice-over dialogue during the ending of the film, Chbosky makes the viewer aware of Charlie’s newfound maturity gained over the sight of the coming-of-age film. Rather than remaining as the socially isolated teenager who was facing depression alone, like many teenagers suffering from depression are, the ending of the film establishes a sense