The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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As a country, society dictates what is termed deviant by the influences of the elite and, eventually, the masses. Society controls deviance through formal, such as criminal justice rules, and informal culturally constructed policies, such as societal reprimands that cause individual conformity, such as fashion trends, “appropriate” subjects to converse about in public settings, and, even, socially accepted body modification. This conformity could be influenced by religious affiliation, familial expectations, peer associations, and, even, mass media. In “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, the protagonist, Charlie, is subjected to undergoing experiences involving drug use, suicide, underage drinking, sexual abuse, mental illness, stigmas, homosexuality, the Goth culture, and sexual infidelity by the end of his freshman year in high school. At the beginning of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Charlie is portrayed as being a smart, yet introverted teenager who yearns for affection and acceptance within his age group, but feels as though he will not be accepted because of his mental illness and hospitalization the summer before he goes to high school. So, he pardons those at school who treat him badly, and lies to his parents about his high school experience because he does not want to concern them. His lack of hatred towards others at his high school is commendable, but Charlie does not view himself as being anything but a wallflower. He sees others’ pain and wants to be there

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