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The movie is fairly faithful to Stephen Chbosky's book, and in this reader's guide from shmoop (like Cliffs Notes or Spark Notes): Charlie thinks about his mom's sister a lot. He even visits her grave, telling her secrets that he only shares in his letters. So why does he love and trust her so much? He thinks it's because she was one of the few ...


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I will quickly give my take on your question: Firstly, I would say that it is not the only central theme - friendship for one, I think is much more central. But yes, both child abuse, suicide and mental illness are central themes as well. As the other post mentioned, the aunt, gave him two presents on his birthday, and therefore actually made a big deal ...


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He was most probably molested by his aunt and since he was only a child, those things were a bit cloudy to him. The events were apparently being reminded to him when some situations were done that by his new friends Sam and Patrick. Sam told Charlie that she was molested by his dad's boss when she was 11. In that context, Charlie told her that his aunt was ...



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