We are introduced to the film with our narrator, Nick Carraway. He takes on a journey into the life of a man named Gatsby, he’s the single most hopeful person Nick has ever met. The story starts at a party in New York City. The year is 1972 when stocks were at their record peaks, the parties were bigger, the shows were broader, there was a ban on alcohol so you could get liquor for cheap if you had a street connection. Nick worked on Wall Street, but he lived in Long Island. He had attended Yale and dreamed for most of his life of being a writer but gave it up. Turns out he lived in a cozy house near the beach next to the Castle owned by Jay Gatsby.
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Enter Tom Buchannan — a wealthy polo player who has affairs with women in New York City while his beautiful wife, Daisy Buchannan stays home and takes care of their daughter. Daisy is from Louisville, Kentucky and she is Nick’s cousin. Daisy may love Tom but she’s hoping that when her daughter grows up that she won’t be a fool and she’ll learn early on that, “all the bright precious things fade so fast and they don’t come back.”
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Perks of being a wallflower is about a shy high school freshman battling with depression after the loss of his best friend who committed suicide. He learns how to have fun, let loose and even falls in love after making friends with a group of socially unique seniors — The Wallflowers (I won’t call them “socially awkward” because it’s all a matter of perspective and I think they’re actually really awesome). The film is based on the 1999 book by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the screenplay.
“Perks of being a wallflower” is a metaphor for being wallpaper decorated with flowers. It is similar to the idea of being a fly on the wall. It means that you easily go unnoticed while observing the world around you and taking in information about it. However, it is fair to note that this usually is not something seen as advantageous. So, what are the perks of being a wallflower? What does this mean for the guy struggling through depression and dealing with his best friend’s suicide? What does this mean for an artistic, enthusiastic girl full of life and raring to go? How are they the symbols of wallflowers? How do they stay out of the eyes of others? Let’s find out.
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