Symbolism in Wonder

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Wonder - Symbolism

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A number of symbols appear throughout Wonder. Symbols are objects or events that have a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface. Have students choose something from Wonder that has symbolic meaning, and create a storyboard of it along with a text explanation.

Questions to get students started:

  • Why is the object important?
  • What object, feeling, or change does the symbol represent?
  • Do characters in the story recognize the symbolism, or is it only the reader?

Examples of Symbolism in Wonder

Shoes

Auggie mentions shoes a number of times. This shows that he spends a lot of time looking down, not making eye contact. This is probably because he is self-conscious and doesn't want to see the reactions people will have to his face.


Padawan Braid

Auggie cutting his braid off symbolizes personal growth and a clear transition from one part of his life (homeschooling) to another ("real school").


Masks

Auggie frequently wore an astronaut helmet in the past, and also wears a "Scream" mask on Halloween. Masks symbolize Auggie's desire to hide from others. He feels freakish and thinks people don't like him because of his appearance.



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Create a storyboard that identifies and explains symbols in Wonder.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify three symbols from Wonder and replace the text in the title boxes.
  3. Create an image using any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text that represents this symbol in the context of the story.
  4. Write a description of each of the symbols.

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