Wonder by R.J Palacio Sophia Rosano

Summary: Wonder by R.J Palacio is about a boy named Auggie entering 5th grade, previously he has been home schooled because of his facial distortion. At school he faces bullies and many kids can’t see past the condition of his face. As 5th grade goes on he makes friends and overcomes his many challenges at hand.

The theme in Wonder is that dramatic physical or mental differences do not change people’s self worth, and that underneath we are all the same. This relates to people with disabilities because many disabled people are judged and thought of as vulnerable because of their appearances and differences.

Thesis: Even though there are many acts to prevent discrimination, without question people with disabilities face intolerance from others on a daily basis. In the novel Wonder, Auggie is bullied and outcasted at school because of his facial distortion, the story shows through multiple lenses the effects of disabilities on kids today.

The novel Wonder, addresses my research topic considering that both are about how people are outcasted or discriminated against because of their appearances & differences.
Jury Awards $240 Million for Long-Term Abuse of Workers with Intellectual Disabilities Historic Verdict Against Henry's Turkey Service for Men Subjected to Verbal and Physical Harassment, Housed in Substandard Facilities, Denied Medical Care

The chair of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Jacqueline A. Berrien, made it clear that such behavior against people with disabilities is not acceptable. The men were not aware that their immunity was being denied. All in all, people shouldn’t be treated differently because of their differences, especially characteristics that they can’t control. In the novel Wonder, Auggie never chose to be born with a deformed face; and in this case the exploited workers never chose to be born with intellectual disabilities. Yet Auggie and the men were discriminated against and not treated fairly.

“Review: ‘Best and Most Beautiful Things,’ About a Disabled Woman’s Place in the World By NEIL GENZLINGER DEC. 1, 2016. Perspective: An outsider (Garrett Zevgetis-filmmaker) that has found out about Ms. Smith and wants the world to know her story and the obstacles she faces because of her disability. And from Ms. Smith herself as she gives first hand details at how she wants to venture out in the world and not be “forgotten”. Also the author expresses his point of view by giving personal insight to his interpretation about people with disabilities becoming invisible when they reach adulthood.

In the novel, Wonder Auggie doesn’t face the challenge of “being forgotten” because the kids at school can barely get over the condition of his face, however he too faces many challenges of living with disabilities and going to middle school for him was like how one of Ms. Smith’s former teachers explains her experience: “It’s almost like being on the escalator and coming up and being shot out, and all of a sudden you have to catch your bearings, because now you’re on your own,”.

The Importance of Facial Equality Ariel Henley DISABILITY NOV. 3, 2016

Ariel is very similar to Auggie in many ways, both of them have disfigured faces and have had to deal with rude stares or awkward whispers from strangers their whole lives. As it is apparent in both the novel and Ariel's article, the constant criticism from society has poorly impacted the two. At one point in the book Auggie started to believe the mean words that kids said to him at school. In conclusion it is apparent that Ariel has spent her whole life in Auggie’s shoes and has insight to what it’s like to have a deformed face.

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Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers will make people with disabilities feel like outsiders in the world and they won’t feel like they are good enough to engage in the world that they belong in.

The boy in the video experiences a very similar situation as Auggie. He is left out and discluded from the “normal” kids because of his dramatic difference. However when people are later able to look past that, both Auggie and the boy with crutches are hanging out with friend and enjoying themselves.

The song explains that in the end we are all people living in the same world and that we shouldn’t be labeled as different because of what we look like. The purpose is to show that everyone is equal and just because someone may look or “seem” different doesn’t mean that they should be judged and discriminated against.In Wonder, Auggie is automatically labeled as different and weird because of his facial deformation just as the girl in the music video is because she’s not gray and boring like the rest of the world. In reality, differences is what brings diversity to the world so that we aren’t living in a gray and boring society.
Recap: In the novel, Auggie struggles with bullies and a lack of friends because everyone is disturbed by his face. Whereas in day to day life people with disabilities are thought of as vulnerable and are discriminated against because of their differences. All in all, society often rejects people that are dramatically different whether it’s in context to physical characteristics or mental aspects.

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