Themes In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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“Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.” (Louise J. Kaplan). The coming of age years represent a turbulent period of life where many individuals are faced with psychological issues which pose as exasperating roadblocks in the journey to adulthood. Issues revolving around crisis of identity, self-worth, desire for independence and acceptance constantly arise, leaving adolescents in a constant state of uncertainty. This is the rite of passage for majority of youth who live a stereotypical lifestyle. However, within the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Steven Chbosky and the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story, directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the protagonists …show more content…
Both works delicately explore the relevant themes of how psychological issues and moral growth manifest through the coming of age. Although Craig was raised in a healthy and supportive environment compared to Charlie who had faced severe childhood traumas, both characters develop similar psychological conditions which must be overcome in order to successfully transition from troubled adolescents into mature and multifaceted young adults. The psychological issues experienced by adolescents are universal, whereas the causes and triggers from which they are formed may vary extensively. The life events through a child's upbringing may range from mundane to highly traumatic yet both works illustrate the underlying fact that psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and social isolation may develop regardless of where an individual lays on the range. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie experiences extreme cases of depression, social isolation and emotional instability. Further into the novel, it is revealed that Charlie developed these psychological issues as