© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Stephen Chbosky

 Table of Contents

Passivity Quotes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

How we cite our quotes: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #4

I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. (2.7.9)

Charlie spends a lot of time thinking about how awesome it would be to do stuff—write a song, a novel, a poem—but no time actually attempting to do it. Or does he? He is writing these letters after all…

Quote #5

I'd do anything to […] not have to see a psychiatrist, who explains to me about being "passive aggressive." (3.12.13)

Hmmm. It might do Charlie some good to pay attention to this part of his therapy. What do you think? Is Charlie passive aggressive? Or just plain passive?

Quote #6

[Sam] really did look sad, and I wished I could have made her feel better, but sometimes, I guess you just can't. So, I stood alone by the wall and watched the dance for a while. (3.7.17)

That's the spirit, Charlie! NOT. Charlie can't even muster up enough action to help his friend feel better. It's one thing when your passivity only affects you, but Charlie's inaction is starting to affect everyone around him.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Noodle's College Search