The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie’s Brother Character Analysis

A football star at Penn State, Charlie’s brother is the stereotypical example of traditional masculinity: he is aggressive, athletic, homophobic, and only dates “hot” girls. Truly his father’s son, Charlie’s brother demonstrates care by gifting sports memorabilia and promising to pay for Charlie’s college if he gets drafted to a professional team. During one of their rare bonding moments, Charlie’s brother taught him how to fight, which comes in handy when Charlie is attacked by a bully, and later when he has to defend Patrick. As a character, Charlie’s brother provides a stark contrast to sensitive, introspective Charlie.

Charlie’s Brother Quotes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The The Perks of Being a Wallflower quotes below are all either spoken by Charlie’s Brother or refer to Charlie’s Brother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Gallery Books edition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower published in 1999.
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Sometimes, I look at my parents now and wonder what happened to make them the way they are. And I wonder what will happen to my sister when her boyfriend graduates from law school. And what my brother’s face will look like on a football card, or what it will look like if it is never on a football card. My dad played college baseball for two years, but he had to stop when Mom got pregnant with my brother. That’s when he started working at the office.

Page Number: 52
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Charlie’s Brother Character Timeline in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The timeline below shows where the character Charlie’s Brother appears in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...learned from the school loudspeaker that his best friend Michael had died by suicide. Charlie’s brother picked sobbing Charlie up from school and told him first to stop crying, and then... (full context)
...Charlie, the youngest of three siblings, says that his parents have no favorite child. His brother, who plays football for Penn State, is the oldest, and then his sister, who is... (full context)
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...seems pretty unhappy, the bully hits him, and Charlie defends himself. He explains that his brother taught him how to fight, so he ended up hurting the bully pretty badly, and... (full context)
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...at school and at home since his sister doesn’t pay attention to him and his brother is away at college playing football. Because his parents can’t afford college tuition for all... (full context)
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...likes to read books twice. He wants to tell the reader that he saw his brother play football on TV, and it was a special moment for his family. His mom... (full context)
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...at him to get out and calls him a pervert. Later, the family watches Charlie’s brother’s football game on TV and Charlie’s sister’s boyfriend compliments Charlie’s brother. After he leaves, Charlie’s... (full context)
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Charlie remembers the party he watched his brother throw when their parents were out of town. His brother told him to stay in... (full context)
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Charlie’s brother calls home on rare occasions, and his parents worry about him. Charlie hopes that his... (full context)
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...he played made him too aggressive. Charlie’s dad was also a college athlete like his brother but had to leave college when Charlie’s mom became pregnant with his older brother. His... (full context)
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When Charlie’s brother finally calls home, he tells his parents that he can’t make it home for Thanksgiving,... (full context)
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...His grandfather tends to offend most of the family and make racist comments, and Charlie’s brother is the only one who can manage him. One time, Charlie’s grandfather told him and... (full context)
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...his mom and sister wait for his dad to return home after picking up his brother. Charlie’s mom notices that he looks sad and asks him if it’s about Aunt Helen.... (full context)
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...M*A*S*H, which makes Charlie happy. On the way to their dad’s family’s Christmas party, Charlie’s brother tells them about his girlfriend, a cheerleader and philosophy major. Charlie’s sister criticizes her brother... (full context)
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...for a while. He writes that his sister has a new boyfriend now, and his brother and his girlfriend broke up when she found out that he was cheating on her.... (full context)
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...TV sports anchor, and the man talks to him about sports, even mentioning Charlie’s older brother. Charlie asks the man what it’s like to be on TV, and the man gets... (full context)
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...music at the right moment. He considers deejaying to make money for college, though his brother told him that if he plays professional football, he’d pay for Charlie’s college. On prom... (full context)
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...to see the other kids and thinks about how different everyone looks. That evening, Charlie’s brother comes home for his sister’s graduation. During dinner, Charlie mentions that the TV sports anchor... (full context)
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...immediately begins making racist comments as soon as they arrive at the school, and Charlie’s brother manages to quiet him by threatening to take him back to the nursing home and... (full context)
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At her graduation party, Charlie’s sister opens her gifts. Her older brother promised to take her shopping for her college supplies, and Charlie gives her a hand-carved... (full context)
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Charlie’s family and friends visit him regularly, and his older brother even reads Charlie’s essay on Walden and tells him how much he liked it. His... (full context)