Review Of ' The Perks Of Being A Wallflower '

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Adolescence is the stage in human development that prepares individuals for the transition from childhood to adulthood. Stephen Chobsky’s novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, are critically acclaimed coming of age stories that document the turbulence of adolescence. The protagonists of these novels, Charlie and Holden Caulfield, both encounter common themes in adolescence such as alienation, confusion of sexuality, and loss of innocence. However, although Charlie and Holden share similar experiences in their adolescence, their attitude towards growing up ultimately allows Charlie to have a smoother transition into adulthood.
In both The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and The Catcher in the Rye, alienation is a mutual experience both Charlie and Holden share. In Western culture, football is often considered an imperative part of the high school experience, and is commonly spectated with fellow peers. However, Charlie attends his homecoming game alone. Thus, demonstrating his alienation from the world around him. Similarly, Holden also conveys feelings of isolation in The Catcher in the Rye. A major symbol of his separation from the rest of society is his absence at the Pency vs. Saxton football game. Even though, “practically the whole school was [at the game].” Instead of practicing common societal norms such as attending school games with peers, Holden chooses to look down at the game from atop a hill.…

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