"I like to be a free spirit. Some don't like that, but that's the way I am." - Princess Diana

Friday, November 16, 2012

Living Life To The Fullest

Author's Note: This is my character analysis/ development piece. I chose the character, "Charlie", from the book: The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Charlie started the book as a shy, depressed, young teenage who is dealing with the death of his best friend.Life has been so hard on him in the beginning of the book. He feels alone and upset. Charlie hopes high school will turn his life around. When Charlie discovers that there can be people in his life who cares about him. He meets new friends that help him through his new life experiences. This helps Charlie be open to the world and helps him stop feeling alone and depressed. Charlie develops through this story as a character and realizes there is so much more to life than what it seems.

Shy, Depressed, Kind, Sad
 Who loves: Writing stories.
Who care about: His family
Who feels: Alone
 Who needs: A group of friends
 Who gives : Respect to everyone he meets
 Who fears : the reality of the death of his best friend
 Who would like to see: Change in his life as he goes on to high school. 
 Resident of: Pennsylvania
 Last name : Never mentioned in the story

 Imaginative, Happy, Lively, Not Afraid
 Who loves: making people happy 
 Who care about: His family and his friends
 Who feels: Lively.
 Who needs: To live life to the fullest.
 Who gives :love to those who need it the most.
 Who fears : Growing up too fast.
 Who would like to see: His siblings succeed at college.
 Resident of: Pennsylvania 
 Last name : Still never mentioned.
There are more characters in other stories that go through similar things that Charlie does. Another character that is very similar to Charlie in many ways is Craig Glinger. Craig is from the book, It's Kind of a Funny Story , where teenage Craig gets so frustrated with life that he just wants to break out, similar to Charlie. Craig felt depressed, angry, like he had no one to turn to, until he found friends. Even though they were in a weirder setting than he hoped. Craig wanted to jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. He felt like life was too hard on him, that he wasn't made for this. After he backed out, he checked himself in to a mental hospital. There he got the help he needed and made friends along the way. Him and Charlie are very similar in many more ways than just making friends. They are both teenage boys, freshman, have a sister, live in the east coast, and they are trying to find a way out.  Both of these characters grow and develop so much over the course of the story with just a little friendship. 

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