Everyone in the Pullman family cried hard when Daisy died. Discuss how Daisy is special to the family and provide at least two examples of how she has behaved differently towards August from the...

Everyone in the Pullman family cried hard when Daisy died. Discuss how Daisy is special to the family and provide at least two examples of how she has behaved differently towards August from the others. 

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

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Daisy is very important to Auggie.  Auggie rarely trusts human contact and emotions.  However, Daisy's unconditional love for him won her his complete trust.  Daisy was important to Auggie because while the rest of the world placed judgments on him because of his physical appearance, she did not.  There was a purity of love and expression in Daisy that transcended the world of human contact that he experienced with others. Though Auggie's parents love him, his physical reality governs the relationship.  In this regard, Daisy behaved differently towards Auggie than the others did.

When Daisy is put down, her importance to the family, including Auggie, is recognized.  When Via tells Auggie that “Everything’s not always about you,” it underscores Daisy's importance.  It is also one of the first instances where Auggie recognizes that pain and suffering are universal. For so long, he had seen them as applying only to his own condition. However, in the way that his parents and sister cope with Daisy's death, Auggie recognizes that hurt is universal.  In this way, Daisy is special to the family, something underscored with her life and death.

Finally, Daisy's death has a different type of impact on Auggie.  In dying, she ends up teaching him a lesson that he didn't understand before.  Auggie recognizes that his condition in life is not one to be mourned.  He learns to become more self-sustaining, and begins to live life more fully because of death's universal reach.  When he sees how Via and his parents almost lose sight of him in their own hurt for Daisy's loss, Auggie understands his own position in the world differently than he did before.  Daisy has helped to create this, reflecting another way in which she has interacted with him in a different way than others.

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