In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, who is Charlie's greatest ally? Who is his worst influence?  

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In The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, I would suggest that Charlie has two allies who help him through this coming-of-age story. First is his teacher Bill. From the onset of the novel, Bill believes in Charlie and sees his potential. Not only does he give him books to read, but he teaches him about life through those books and their discussions. He also inspires Charlie to become a writer: "I have decided that maybe I want to write when I grow up" (28). He marks his papers honestly, yet always gives Charlie A's on his report cards. Bill inspires Charlie in the craziness of his adolescence.

His second ally would be his "Friend," the one he addresses his letters to. The letters are a form of catharsis for Charlie, where he can relay not only the events of his life, but also reveal his inner feelings. As well, since he wants to be a writer, writing the letter gives Charlie clarity throughout the traumatic events that occur.

His worst influence is ambiguous because the characters...

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