The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A theme of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is Passivity. Passivity is the acceptance of what happens naturally. What Charlie, the main character learns in the Novel is that Passivity is not going to give him happiness.
"Now, normally I am very shy but Nothing seemed like the type of guy you could walk up to at a football game..."(Chbosky, 19) In this part of the story Charlie walks up to someone he has seen in class. He has never really talked to Patrick (Nothing) yet he walks up to him anyway. Charlie becomes friends with Patrick and his sister Sam. This is the first time Charlie's activeness makes him more happy.
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"It's sweet and everything, but it's like you're not even there sometimes."(Chbosky, 200). In this part of the story Sam is describing to Charlie how his passivity hurt him. He wouldn't be honest with people and that didn't help the people around him.
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"...These two brothers whose dad was a bad alchoholic. One brother grew up to be a successful carpenter who never drank. The other brother ended up being a drinker as bad as his dad was."(Chbosky, 211) After Charlie finds out that his aunt abused him sexually, he breaks at first. But, after he spends time in the hospital he realizes it is his choice. He can either dwell and be the same as his aunt or move forwards.
Charlie is able to move forward in his life because he finds out that activity is better than passivity.