In Wonder, how does Via react to Auggie's deformity, and how is she affected?


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In Wonder, Via reacts to Auggie's deformity by accepting her brother for who he is and demonstrating her love by treating him like a typical sibling. Via is also quick to defend Auggie, and goes to great lengths to make him feel normal. Although Via is not ashamed of her brother, she is tired of being judged because she is Auggie's sister. Via's relationship with her parents also suffers. She is a relatively lonely, independent teenager.

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Via experiences a myriad of emotions regarding Auggie's deformity, which has significantly affected every aspect of her life. Via sympathizes with her brother and shows her support by including him in activities and defending him against people who stare and comment on his startling appearance. Via recognizes that Auggie has...

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special needs and empathizes with his numerous difficulties. Via admires her brother's courage and demonstrates her love by treating him like a typical sibling. Although Via loves Auggie and goes to great lengths to support him, his severe deformity has negatively affected several areas of her life. Via has sacrificed her relationship with her parents and developed into an independent teenager because her mother and father are primarily focused on Auggie.

Via is a relatively forgotten child, who recognizes that her family's lives revolve around her younger brother. While Via is not jealous of Auggie, she desires to spend time with either parent and experiences a certain amount of loneliness. Ever since Grams passed away, Via has no one to talk to. She looks forward to entering high school, where she will not be known as the sister of a severely deformed boy.

In a moment of weakness, Via refrains from telling her parents that she is participating in the school play to prevent her peers from seeing Auggie. Via simply desires her family's full attention and does not want to be judged for being Auggie's sister. Her relationship with her parents has suffered, and so have her friendships at school. Overall, Via is a loving, supportive sister, whose life is significantly impacted by Auggie's severe deformity.

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Via reacts to her brother August's facial deformity as any loving sister would. She treats him like a normal kid, while defending him from the stares and comments of strangers. Before Auggie went to school, he already had a close relationship with one of Via's friends, which tells us that he was included in their activities. One of the ways she showed August she cares was by taking the time to explain to him what happens in the cafeteria at lunchtime so he knew what to expect on his first day of school.

August's challenges naturally have an impact on her life, and while their parents have had to focus on taking care of August's needs, Via has been largely relied upon to look after herself. This causes her moments of insecurity and is the reason that she had a very close relationship with her grandmother.

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In short, Olivia reacts to August's deformity by defending her little brother in public and in private. Olivia is affected by becoming truly humble. Olivia's love for her brother makes her a kind and compassionate character.

The name "Auggie" you use in your question is, of course, an affectionate nickname for August. Further, the name "Via" is the nickname for Olivia, August's older sister. August has had his deformity since birth. This deformity (which includes a severe cleft palate) affects his facial features due to differences in the skull structure. Near the beginning of Wonder, August says that he will not ever reveal what he looks like because "it's probably worse" than "whatever you're thinking." Olivia, though, describes August's deformity in detail. Olivia is not afraid of August or his deformities. Olivia loves her little brother.

First, when Olivia is very young, she defends August in front of other people by "shouting at them" if they react poorly to his deformity. Olivia is August's older sister; therefore, she feels a need to defend her little brother. Olivia's humility can be seen in that she does not mind that August is always the center of attention. As a result, Olivia is called "the most understanding little girl in the world." Olivia has always understood that because August's needs include surgery and therapy, she should never complain about her own everyday needs. Through it all, Olivia is always humble. This humility, over all, is how August's deformity affects her.

My worst day, worst fall, worst headache, worst bruise, worst cramp, worst mean thing anyone could say has always been nothing compared to what August has gone through. This isn’t me being noble, by the way: it’s just the way I know it is.

Later, Olivia's protection turns into care for August's self-worth. For example, Via is very distressed when August cuts off his little braid hanging from the back of his head. The braid, of course, is a "Star Wars thing" and "a Padawan thing." Star Wars is important to August, and that is why Olivia is upset about her brother changing his hair. At another point, Olivia is upset when August will not go to the Halloween parade because she knows it is a significant part of his personality and happiness. Olivia ends up convincing August to go to the parade.

Despite her compassionate and caring character, it is important to note that Olivia does feel a sense of relief when she goes to middle school and high school because she is fully separate from August. In fact, her feelings build and Olivia eventually blows up saying that she was "left alone my whole life." These angry feelings are fleeting, though, and Olivia goes back to being her sweet and loving self around her little brother.

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