Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Charlotte Character Analysis

Charlotte is one of the three students that Mr. Tushman asks to show August around the school before the school year starts. She tries her best to be nice to August and answer all of his questions, and she also stands up to Julian during this visit. However, once school starts, Charlotte becomes much colder towards August in an effort to preserve her own social standing. She only waves at him in class, and though she secretly passes information to Jack about "the war" that Julian wages, she's also unwilling to actively stand up for August, Jack, and Summer.

Charlotte Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Charlotte or refer to Charlotte. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
August: Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte Quotes

What's cool about really little kids is that they don't say stuff to try to hurt your feelings, even though sometimes they do say stuff that hurts your feelings. But they don't actually know what they're saying. Big kids, though: they know what they're saying.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Jack Will, Julian Albans, Charlotte
Page Number: 20
Explanation and Analysis:
Jack: The War Quotes

Before she went out, she looked left and right outside the door to make sure no one saw her leaving. I guess even though she was neutral, she didn't want to be seen with me.

Related Characters: Jack Will (speaker), August Pullman, Julian Albans, Charlotte
Related Symbols: The Plague
Page Number: 173
Explanation and Analysis:
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Charlotte Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Charlotte appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...don't look at August or Mom. Mr. Tushman introduces them as Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte. Jack Will and Julian shake August's hand, but Charlotte only waves. They all look down... (full context)
August: The Grand Tour
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
Nobody speaks as Jack Will, Charlotte, and Julian lead August up to the third floor of the school. Julian shows him... (full context)
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
...so nervous, he mostly stares at his shoes. He finally asks what homeroom is, and Charlotte explains that it's just a class where the teacher takes attendance. As Jack Will walks... (full context)
August: The Performance Space
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Charlotte chatters about playing Oliver in the production of Oliver last year as she leads August,... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
Charlotte insists that August was just homeschooled, and Julian doubts that someone who isn't a real... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...to August that Julian is a jerk, but insists that August also needs to talk. Charlotte and Julian catch up, and August tells Julian that earlier, he should've used the word... (full context)
August: The Deal
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
When August, Jack, Julian, and Charlotte get back to the office, Mrs. G asks if August liked the school. Mom asks... (full context)
August: Home
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...August was in a fire. Mom looks shocked. August tells her that both Jack and Charlotte stood up for him, but Mom apologizes and tells August that he doesn't have to... (full context)
August: Locks
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...room and watches people's feet as they walk in. Nobody sits next to him, but Charlotte waves. Julian completely ignores August. Jack, however, sits right next to August and greets him... (full context)
August: Around the Room
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
...tells the class he got a Wii game and a Ping-Pong table over the summer. Charlotte is next and talks about her new puppy and her sisters. (full context)
August: Apples
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Parenting and Guidance Theme Icon
...agreed to come. Jack is coming, along with Summer, Reid, the two Maxes, and maybe Charlotte. August wants to know what people's reasons are for not coming, especially Julian's. Julian's mom... (full context)
Jack: Why I Changed My Mind
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
...asks Jack's mom who else Mr. Tushman called. She says that he called Julian and Charlotte, and Jack insists that Julian is a phony and Charlotte is a goody two shoes.... (full context)
Jack: The War
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
At the end of the day, Jack finds a note from Charlotte in his locker asking him to come alone to room 301 after school. There, she... (full context)
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Charlotte says that it's dumb, but Julian's trying to "help" Jack by cutting him off and... (full context)
Jack: Why I Didn't Sit with August the First Day of School
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...figured that she was just doing it to be nice. Now, Jack tells them what Charlotte shared about Julian's vendetta, though he leaves out stuff about the holiday party, Julian's mom... (full context)
Jack: Sides
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Status and Bullying Theme Icon
...of who's on Jack's side, who's on Julian's side, and who's neutral. She explains that Charlotte made it for her. She's happy that the two Maxes are on Jack's side and... (full context)
August: Take Your Seats, Everyone
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
Identity Theme Icon
...their headmaster is long-winded. He also explains that they'll give medals to the "brainiacs" like Charlotte and Ximena. A teacher calls the kids to attention as Summer heads for her seat,... (full context)