Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Dad Character Analysis

Dad (Nate Pullman) is August and Via's dad. He met Mom when they were students at Brown University, and they've been together ever since. August thinks his dad is a jokester and a comedian. Dad is initially unwilling to send August to school while Mom wants August to go, though the two flip sides after Mom attends the meeting with August and Mr. Tushman. Once August makes his decision, Dad does his best to impress upon him that he needs to speak up if he needs help, and that he'll support August to the best of his abilities. Dad seems slightly more easy-going than Mom, which helps Via in particular feel close to him. She's more willing to talk to Dad about the problems she has with her friends at school, which is mostly because Dad makes more of an effort to keep his smaller promises to Via. Right before August's graduation ceremony, Dad admits that he actually threw away August's beloved space helmet several years prior. He begs August to understand that he loves August's face and couldn't bear to see him continually covering it up. August forgives Dad and jokingly suggests that he'll use the information to blackmail Dad later, which Dad takes as a sign of August's growing maturity. To this end, Dad is very willing throughout the novel to treat August in a more adult way when August asks for it, as when August asks Dad not to call him "Auggie Doggie."

Dad Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Dad or refer to Dad. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
Via: A Tour of the Galaxy Quotes

After you've seen someone else going through that, it feels kind of crazy to complain over not getting the toy you had asked for, or your mom missing a school play. I knew this even when I was six years old.

Related Characters: Via Pullman  (speaker), August Pullman, Mom, Dad
Page Number: 82
Explanation and Analysis:
August: Daisy's Toys Quotes

So I went to my bed and put on my pajamas without anyone telling me to and put the night-light on and turned the light off and crawled into the little mountain of stuffed animals I had left on my bed earlier.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Via Pullman  , Mom, Dad, Daisy
Page Number: 225
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August: Understudy Quotes

"Daddy, can you please not call me Auggie Doggie anymore?" I whispered in Dad's ear.

Dad smiled and nodded and gave me a thumbs-up.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Dad
Related Symbols: “Our Town”
Page Number: 229
Explanation and Analysis:
August: Home (2) Quotes

"There are always going to be jerks in the world, Auggie," she said, looking at me. "But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other. Just like Jack was there for you. And Amos. And those other kids."

Related Characters: Mom (speaker), Dad, Jack Will, Amos, Eddie
Page Number: 279
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dad Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Dad appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: Ordinary
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
Independence and Growing Up Theme Icon
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However, August says that he's used to the stares, as are Mom and Dad. His big sister, Via, isn't good at pretending—she often gets really mad and even yells... (full context)
August: Christopher's House
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...to hear, but she asks August if he's ready to go to school. August and Dad both say no, and August sits in Mom's lap. Mom reminds him that she's struggling... (full context)
August: Driving
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...home, August and Via fall asleep. August wakes up after dark to hear Mom and Dad whispering about sending him to school. Dad is angry and says that sending August to... (full context)
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Mom explains that she and Dad met the principal last year, and August is even more hurt that his parents have... (full context)
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...at least meet Mr. Tushman, the principal, and August is aghast at Mr. Tushman's name. Dad jokes about Mr. Tushman's name and explains that in college, he and Mom had a... (full context)
August: Home
August: First-Day Jitters
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On the first day of school, August is very nervous. Mom and Dad take pictures of him and Via, and they all decide to walk August to school.... (full context)
August: Padawan
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August cuts off his Padawan braid that night. Dad is thrilled, but Via seems angry and demands to know if someone made fun of... (full context)
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Dad asks August if he's mad at Mom, and August insists that she's the most to... (full context)
August: Costumes
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On Halloween morning, Via has a meltdown. Dad is late and is uncharacteristically not patient with her, so Mom and Dad finally decide... (full context)
Via: A Tour of the Galaxy
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Via tells the reader that August is the sun, while she, Mom, and Dad are just planets orbiting around him. Daisy the dog is the only being in the... (full context)
Via: August Through the Peephole
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...read his face better before his surgeries, but now, it's gotten more difficult. Mom and Dad can still read him, but Via can't. She thinks that he's ten years old and... (full context)
Via: High School
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...everyone knew about August because he came to all the school functions with Mom and Dad. In middle school, however, not as many people knew about August. It was nice to... (full context)
Via: The Padawan Bites the Dust
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...bring in Daisy to sleep in her room. Mom agrees, but she doesn't come back. Dad does, and Via tells him that Miranda and Ella are being jerks. He teases her... (full context)
Via: Breakfast
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...insists that Miranda's mom can drive Via as she supposedly did the day before, while Dad insists that Via is old enough to take the subway by herself. Mom is perplexed... (full context)
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...quickly tries to defuse the brewing argument by agreeing to pick Via up from school. Dad impatiently says that if Via is old enough to read War and Peace, she's old... (full context)
Via: Genetics 101
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Via explains that Dad's family is Jewish, while Mom's family is Brazilian. Except for Grans and Grans' husband, who... (full context)
Via: The Punnett Square
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...says that over the years, doctors have drawn hundreds of Punnett squares for Mom and Dad to explain August's genetics. She says that she likes how doctors talk, using words that... (full context)
Via: October 31
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Via wakes up on Halloween thinking about Grans, and she feels sad and weepy. Dad is in a bad mood and ends up making Via cry, so he takes August... (full context)
Via: Time to Think
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Angry, Via threatens to tell Mom and Dad about Jack if August stops going to school, saying that if Mr. Tushman finds out,... (full context)
Justin: Valentine's Day
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...bag made out of floppy discs. They make plans for Justin to meet Mom and Dad, so they all go out to a Mexican restaurant. Justin's nerves bring out his tics,... (full context)
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...to Via's house for ice cream. Daisy greets them at the door, and Mom and Dad discover that she threw up. Mom cleans it up while Dad tells the story of... (full context)
August: North Pole
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...handle when he has several hundred pairs of eyes staring. At the science fair, Mom, Dad, and Jack's parents hang around Jack and August's table. August notices that his classmates' parents... (full context)
August: My Cave
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Things seem better by dinner. Dad is out, and Daisy is asleep after vomiting again, so Mom makes her an appointment... (full context)
August: Goodbye
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...the taxi arrives, August tries to stop Mom from carrying Daisy out. Mom explains that Dad will meet her at the vet, and August needs to say goodbye. August does as... (full context)
August: Daisy's Toys
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Two hours later, Mom and Dad come home without Daisy. August knows that Daisy is gone. They all sit in the... (full context)
August: Understudy
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...don't work with his hearing aids. August keeps his head down and follows Mom and Dad to the auditorium and they flip through the program. August asks why Via's role is... (full context)
August: The Ending
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...was even crying at the end. August stood up with the audience to applaud, and Dad explained that this is called a standing ovation. August thinks that Via and Justin must... (full context)
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Mr. Davenport comes over, and Via introduces him to Mom, Dad, and August. Justin pulls Mr. Davenport away before he can look too embarrassed at his... (full context)
Miranda: Extraordinary, but No One There to See
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...part. However, when Miranda peeks at the audience from backstage and sees August, Mom, and Dad, she suddenly mumbles to Mr. Davenport that she feels sick and can't go on. He... (full context)
Miranda: The Performance
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...cast goes out for their curtain calls, but she feels better when she sees Mom, Dad, and August backstage. She notices August looking lost, rushes up behind him, and greets him. (full context)
Miranda: After the Show
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...for disappearing. Miranda explains that her parents weren't able to make it, and Mom and Dad invite her to join them for a celebratory dinner. August pleads and Via walks up,... (full context)
August: The Fifth-Grade Nature Retreat
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...Christopher almost had a sleepover but at about midnight, August panicked. Lisa called Mom and Dad and they came and got him. August says that this is all he's worried about;... (full context)
August: The Fairgrounds
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...see an outdoor movie that night. During some downtime, August writes a letter to Mom, Dad, and Via. When the class arrives at the fairgrounds where they'll see the movie, the... (full context)
August: Sleep
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...what he sees every time he tries to close his eyes. He thinks back to Dad's mention of August being “a lamb to the slaughter,” and thinks he finally knows exactly... (full context)
August: The Drop-Off
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Dad drives August to the graduation ceremony at the auditorium. They arrive early, so they sit... (full context)
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August is livid. Dad clumsily explains that he couldn't handle August covering his face anymore. He was sad that... (full context)
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August and Dad see Jack approaching, so August starts to get out of the car. Dad confirms that... (full context)
August: Pictures
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...August allows his parents and other relatives to hug him. They start taking pictures, and Dad calls Summer and Jack over to take a group picture. August doesn't even think about... (full context)
August: The Walk Home
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...hears the Star Wars hero music in his head and feels ridiculously happy. He watches Dad telling other adults a funny story and then notices that Mom is hanging back from... (full context)
August: Home (2)
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...he's fine and asks for a grilled cheese. While Mom makes it, she explains that Dad and Via are almost home. She allows August to lead the conversation about his camping... (full context)
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...to not push him when August says he'd rather tell the entire story later after Dad and Via are home. When August is done eating, he asks Mom if he'll always... (full context)
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...beams during the short conversation and then tells August to wait to nap. Minutes later, Dad and Via get home. Dad has a box with a puppy inside. (full context)