In Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, what are some quotes and examples for the following literary terms:  theme, irony, dynamic character, inciting incident, and climax?

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower lends itself to analysis because of the many uses of different literary devices and techniques. However, some of your considerations are going to be more than single events; instead, they will stretch over the entire course of the text. For example:

Theme

One of the central themes of the book is that participation is key to getting the full experience in life. Charlie is a “wallflower.” His primary mode of being is as an observer instead of a participant. Being an observer rather than a protagonist gets him into trouble, like in his relationship with Mary Elizabeth, whom he mostly dates because he cannot work up the courage to tell her he doesn’t want to be in a relationship. He eventually makes the drastic move to kiss Sam instead of her at a party during a game, and she remarks later that she is okay because he never talked enough. However, the break-up does negatively affect Charlie, who is essentially abandoned by his friends. One of the most...

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