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Wonder: Theme and Tone
Transcript of Wonder: Theme and Tone
Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. The theme is not the subject.
I think R. J. Palacio used suffering as one of the themes, because it shows that people, like you and me, are all special in a unique way. But we will still suffer from people and other things or maybe your own self. Also I think Mrs. Palacio wants us to realize that even though all of us are special and we suffer, we will still make it and be happy.
Despite his facial problems, and his suffering, he was able to survive and complete fifth grade.
Main Theme: Suffering
There are a few themes in Wonder and I think the main one is suffering. That after twenty-seven surgeries Auggie can be a kid that “I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball” (p.1) which makes him a wonder.
That he still bothers to interact with people after ten years of being stared at, gasped over, whispered about, pointed to, and screamed at also makes him kind of a wonder.
And that he wins over the sympathy, loyalty, and friendship of all but one kid in the fifth grade definitely makes him a wonder.
As much as Auggie survives—even triumphs—in Wonder, he suffers too. He is treated like a freak by strangers, shunned by his classmates, betrayed by his best friend, and made to suffer a lifetime of his dad's cornball humor. (That last one he's okay with.) He wishes for and laments the normal life he has never had and never will have, and he struggles to keep his dignity and self-esteem through all the shocked reactions. But he does not give up—no matter how much he suffers.
By Wesley Dong