Wonder Auggie Character Analysis

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Auggie has felt stereotype threats because of his Mandibulofacial Dysostosis identity. An example would be auggie having to wear hearing aids because his hearing isn’t excellent because of his Mandibulofacial Dysostosis. In the book Wonder, “Ever since I was little, the doctors told my parents that someday I’d need hearing aids. I don’t know why this always freaked me out a bit: maybe because anything to do with my ears bothers me a lot. My hearing was getting worse, but I hadn’t told anyone about it. The ocean sound that was always in my head had been getting louder. It was drowning out people’s voices, like I was underwater. I couldn’t hear teachers if I sat in the back of the class. But I knew if I told Mom or Dad about it, I’d end up with…show more content…
People have the ability to choose their own identities but what we do with those identities can change the output of our whole lives. In the book Wonder, Auggie states, “I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside… But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.” (Ordinary page 1) Auggie has given himself the label of “Not-Ordinary”, he explains what ordinary means to him and what ordinary ten year old boys do, but even though he does ordinary ten year old boy things he knows that he’s not ordinary because other children scream and run away from him. He gave himself this identity because the given identity of having a Mandibulofacial Dysostosis caused him to much stererotypical threats and it was causing people to run away in fear and was hurting himself. In the book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, Steele states “...where his chosen social identity could be even safer from his given social identity.” (Chapter 4 page 65) Steeles says that people would given themselves their own identities because their given ones were too…show more content…
Martin Persson did a research about children with physical impairments and how they treat themselves. Persson stated, “Although a study [of Identity, Self satisfaction Behaviour, Physical self, Moral-ethical self, Personal self, Family self, Social self] has certain inborn limitations, it indicates that adolescents with [Children with physical impairment] have good self-concept that is in agreement with other comparable research... they show no signs of introversion, and consequently do not display any particular psychological deviance in this area. Compared with the control group [students ages 16-19 without any physical impairments], the [children with physical impairment group] had in fact a higher mean value on all the [Tennessee Self Concept Scale] scales… and the overall self-concept score.” Self-Concept and Introversion in adolescents with cleft lip and Palate. The Tennessee Self Concept Scale is a self-descriptive items and how a person answers the question portrays what he or she is, does, likes, and feels. This quote means that people with facial deformations have the same psychological evidence as people without facial deformations; but a matter of fact they rather scored
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