Physical Appearance Vs. Society's Idea In Wonder By R. J Palacio

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My theme for Wonder by R.J. Palacio is “physical appearance vs. society’s ideal”. I chose this because I felt August Pullman, along with his close friends and those in his grade, learn about how it doesn’t matter how you look on the outside as long as you feel good about yourself on the inside. In the beginning, Auggie is scared and does not want to go to school. He is insecure about his face and the way people handle it. In the middle of the story, he is more used to those around him and has taken on not caring about what people think about him. At the end, he is more confident and is more engaging in social situations. Throughout this book, the characters learn that the general ideal of beauty is not realistic and that beauty comes in all …show more content…
This made it hard for him to develop relationships, but I felt it was warranted because I think if he were faced with that much bullying as a very young child that he would be afraid of the world or shut into himself for the rest of his life. When he was five or six, August wore an astronaut helmet to cover his face because he thought if nobody could see his face then nobody would know it was him. Of course, his whole neighborhood knew it was him as mentioned by fellow schoolmate Jack. By wearing that helmet, August was making sure nobody could see his face and see how “ugly” he thought he was. August was able to get rid of the unwanted stares and whispers from strangers on the street. In the first five years of his conscious life, he hated the way he looked and would do anything so people wouldn’t see him. This includes not ever taking pictures, looking people in the eye and would explain his avid love for …show more content…
After Jack punched Julian in the mouth, he finally apologized to Auggie about what he said. If he had told the principal what he said he most definitely would have been expelled. Jack learned that if you don’t want to be friends with somebody then you should be honest with them instead of talking about them. The middle of the book is mostly about Jack, Summer, and Auggie moving against Julian and his band of followers in what is called “The War”. During this time, August feels more accepted by the other students because, in time, people become tired of hating him and Jack. By the time the nature reserve overnight field trip comes almost everyone is neutral or friends with August and Jack. When they are attacked by some seventh graders, everyone except for Julian is interacting and friendly towards their little

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