The Theme Of Prejudice In Wonder By R. J. Palacio

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Miroslav Volf, a celebrated theologian, once proclaimed, “Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.” By this statement, he is exemplifying that having prejudice is similar to being untruthful, and being untruthful is an outline of a lack of fairness. The theme of having prejudice has been investigated by several authors through their works of literature. For instance, in the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio, the main character August’s life revolves around this very theme due to the big factor that he was born with severe facial abnormalities. August is a boy who is starting fifth grade at a new school after being homeschooled up to this point in his life. When he starts his first day, no one wants to talk or sit by him in his classes. Throughout the year, August additionally encounters mean students who harass him because of his face and try to turn the whole grade against him. Despite the fact that August is a super nice, funny, and overall great kid, because of his face, other kids have…show more content…
For instance, Boo Radley is the number one character who is feared and unjustly treated out of prejudice. “Boo was about six and a half feet tall...dined on raw squirrels...There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” (Lee, 16) The children make this vilified description of Boo, which is the same as the description of a monster. Even though they have never seen Boo in person before, the children still pre judged him based on what they had heard out of fear. To continue, Aunt Alexandra prohibited Scout to visit Calpurnia’s house because of her prejudice towards blacks; Aunt Alexandra also feared the white community would vilify her in allowing her niece to visit a black community. When Scout wanted to visit Cal, Aunt

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