Comparing Wonder And The Last Book In The Universe

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The central themes in Wonder and The Last Book in the Universe focus on the power of overcoming and how one’s abilities are not limited by their circumstances or the world in which they live. In Wonder, Auggie is a sheltered and disfigured boy who believes he will always be an outsider and forced to live a life entirely dependent upon his family. In addition, takes the reader on a journey through varying perspectives and demonstrates how all people are bound by “something” which disfigures them emotionally. The Last Book in the Universe draws its focus on a boy named Spaz living in post-apocalyptic world and the struggles to survive with the aid of several friends. The darkness of the story and coldness of world they live is a metaphor for the isolation and loneliness all children experience sometime during their younger years. Although both stories are very different genres, they share a common and universal them of courage, overcoming, and the ability to rely on others for…show more content…
In contrast, other characters suffer from what can be perceived as almost worse disfigurement; mental insecurities. These insecurities, which all people have, are more damaging to the characters. Interestingly, the manner in which the story provides details about these insecurities is directly tied to Auggie’s face. Each character has reactions which displays their own inner conflicts about themselves and how they treat, not only Auggie, but themselves and others. Auggie’s struggle, although, started at birth, were not truly experienced until he was forced out of the house and into the real world. He was no longer sheltered and had experience the pain of living in a world that can often be cruel. What he realizes is that with cruelty comes

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