Mr. Browne's October precept is "Your deeds are your monuments.-inscription on an Egyptian tomb". Discuss one character who has behaved in a way that has affected August a great deal. Justify your...

Mr. Browne's October precept is "Your deeds are your monuments.-inscription on an Egyptian tomb". Discuss one character who has behaved in a way that has affected August a great deal. Justify your answer by providing two examples of the character's actions that have created an important impact on August.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Mr. Brown's precept for October is quite relevant to the construction of the novel's plot.  One character that has behaved in a way that has affected Auggie a great deal would be Via.  Auggie's older sister represents the idea that deeds are an individual's monuments.  Her compassion and defense of Auggie is powerful enough to represent her monuments towards her sibling.  When so many lack clarity of action and vision in knowing what to do regarding Auggie, Via is lucid.  She embodies how one's actions are their monuments towards others.  As a result of her love and devotion towards Auggie, he is able to recognize that there can be hope and restoration in a world that is most likely one that he experiences in the harshest of manners.  Via represents how one's deeds represent monuments in the type of support she gives to Auggie.  When she tells her brother that "kids are stupid" or when she reprimands adults who are staring at Auggie with "What the heck are you looking at?" I'd say to people—even grown-ups," it is clear that Via's deeds are important to August.  In both intent and result, they represent a path through the wilderness that August is condemned to navigate. Her actions, even her guilt about sometimes wishing that things could be simpler, are examples of monuments built in defense of her brother.  They impact Auggie in being able to provide hope in a world where there might not be much of it.

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