Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Julian Albans Character Analysis

Julian is the antagonist of the book and is August’s bully. Despite the fact that Julian is a known bully among the student body, teachers seem less aware of his bad behavior, as evidenced by Mr. Tushman inviting Julian to show August around the school before the school year starts. He's the most popular boy in school and works to create a social structure that encourages his classmates to put less popular kids down. For the most part, he's able to do this without attracting the notice or attention of adult authority figures, as a great deal of the bullying is directed at kids associated with August (like Jack) or uses cultural references that teachers don't understand, as when he asks August if he likes the Star Wars character Darth Sidious (whose face was burnt and deformed in one film). His best friends, Miles and Henry, help him in these endeavors. The novel suggests that Julian's bullying stem from the behavior that his parents, his mother in particular, model for him. Julian's mom exhibits ableist behavior and insists that kindness is too much to ask from the "regular kids" like Julian. Julian's downfall begins when his classmates begin to lose interest in excluding August, and it's complete when Julian decides to not attend the class camping trip. It seems his absence from the class camping trip is what allowed Miles and Henry to feel safe standing up for August, as they knew Julian wasn't there to bully them for it. Though he's absent for much of the end of the novel (and the social structure seems less toxic in his absence), his "postcard precept" to Mr. Browne over the summer suggests that he did learn his lesson and will endeavor to do better and be kinder in the future.

Julian Albans Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Julian Albans or refer to Julian Albans. 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.
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
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August: Lamb to the Slaughter Quotes

Maybe no one got the Darth Sidious thing, and maybe Julian didn't mean anything at all. But in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious's face gets burned […] His skin gets all shriveled up and his whole face just kind of melts.

I peeked at Julian and he was looking at me. Yeah, he knew what he was saying.

Related Characters: August Pullman (speaker), Julian Albans, Ms. Petosa
Page Number: 44
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Summer: The Plague Quotes

How I found out about this is that Maya Markowitz told me that the reason she won't play Four Square with us at recess is that she doesn't want to catch the Plague. I was like, "What's the Plague?" And she told me. I told Maya I thought it was really dumb and she agreed, but she still wouldn't touch a ball that August just touched, not if she could help it.

Related Characters: Summer (speaker), August Pullman, Julian Albans, Maya
Related Symbols: The Plague
Page Number: 120
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Jack: Ex-Friends Quotes

And the truth is, though nobody's that obvious about it: nobody wants to hang out with him. Everyone's way too hung up on being in the popular group, and he's just as far from the popular group as you can get. But now I can hang out with anyone I want. If I wanted to be in the popular group, I could totally be in the popular group.

Related Characters: Jack Will (speaker), August Pullman, Julian Albans
Related Symbols: The Plague
Page Number: 145
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
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Julian Albans Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Julian Albans appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
August: Jack Will, Julian, and Charlotte
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...office. They 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... (full context)
August: The Grand Tour
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Nobody speaks as Jack Will, Charlotte, and Julian lead August up to the third floor of the school. Julian shows him room 301,... (full context)
August: The Performance Space
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...playing Oliver in the production of Oliver last year as she leads August, Jack, and Julian into the auditorium. As Charlotte talks, August notices Julian slyly staring at him. He also... (full context)
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Charlotte insists that August was just homeschooled, and Julian doubts that someone who isn't a real teacher like August's mom can effectively teach science.... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
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...he's smiling, but Jack seems to understand that August smiled. He whispers to August that Julian is a jerk, but insists that August also needs to talk. Charlotte and Julian catch... (full context)
August: The Deal
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When August, Jack, Julian, and Charlotte get back to the office, Mrs. G asks if August liked the school.... (full context)
August: Home
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When Mom says that Julian seemed especially nice, August corrects her and says that Julian was the least nice. He... (full context)
August: Locks
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...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 warmly. Ms.... (full context)
August: Around the Room
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...students to each think of two things they want their classmates to know about them. Julian makes a show of having to think about what he wants to tell people, but... (full context)
August: Lamb to the Slaughter
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...to the class, he talks about Via and Daisy as his interesting facts, and then Julian asks him if the little braid in his hair is a Padawan braid. Julian takes... (full context)
August: One to Ten
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...about August's day, but August gives cursory answers. He chooses to not tell Mom about Julian's Darth Sidious comment and can't quite figure out why he feels mad at Mom. She... (full context)
August: Apples
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...can have a big party. He wants to invite his entire homeroom class plus Summer—even Julian, so that nobody gets their feelings hurt. A few weeks later, Mom tells August who... (full context)
August: The Bleeding Scream
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...known that it was August behind the mask. When August gets to homeroom, he recognizes Julian dressed as Darth Sidious, whose mask is very realistic. Julian is deep in conversation with... (full context)
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August decides to sit where he can hear them rather than at his regular desk. Julian motions to the parts of his mask that look like "him"—presumably August—and the mummies suggest... (full context)
Summer: The Halloween Party
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...if she stopped hanging out with August, she could be popular. They tell her that Julian likes her and offer to send him over to talk, but Summer excuses herself to... (full context)
Summer: November
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...bad Halloween candy, and also mentions that she has a crush on someone other than Julian. August is absent, but finally returns to school on Monday. Summer can tell that something... (full context)
Jack: Why I Changed My Mind
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...night, Jack 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... (full context)
Jack: Private School
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...without air conditioning or working two jobs. One day after Thanksgiving, Jack hangs out with Julian, Henry, and Miles at recess. Julian, whose family is wealthy, complains about having to go... (full context)
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Julian throws out that Skeleton Hill is lame, and won't listen when Jack insists a kid... (full context)
Jack: In Science
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...by "Bleeding Scream"—it was August in the costume that day. August heard him talking to Julian. Jack admits he never would've said anything in front of August, and now he feels... (full context)
Jack: Partners
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...finally comes back to earth after the bell rings, August is halfway out the door. Julian approaches Jack, smirks, and teases him about getting to work with his "best bud." Jack... (full context)
Jack: Detention
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...saying that doing so would make things worse. Jack thinks he doesn't want to involve Julian, as Julian will reveal that Jack badmouthed August. Jack apologizes and starts to cry. Mr.... (full context)
Jack: Season's Greetings
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When Jack's mom and Jack get home, they find holiday cards from Julian's family and August's family in their mail. Jack thinks that August's card, which has a... (full context)
Jack: Letters, Emails, Facebook, Texts
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...him that he knows that what he did was wrong, but he'd rather not get Julian into trouble. He also writes an apology letter to Julian. Mr. Tushman writes Jack and... (full context)
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Julian's mom writes an email to Mr. Tushman that's CC'd to Jack's parents. It explains that... (full context)
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Jack's mom emails Julian's mom offering to pay for Julian's dental bills, but she also explains that Jack didn't... (full context)
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...to August that Summer told him "Bleeding Scream." Jack confirms that he did indeed punch Julian and assures August that he wouldn't actually want to kill himself if he were August—he'd... (full context)
Jack: Back From Winter Break
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...table, but all his tablemates get their lunches and move tables to sit closer to Julian. Jack feels awful sitting by himself, so he goes and reads in the library. (full context)
Jack: The War
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...to room 301 after school. There, she swears Jack to secrecy and explains that at Julian's holiday party, everyone but Jack and August were there. Julian told everyone that Jack has... (full context)
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Charlotte says that it's dumb, but Julian's trying to "help" Jack by cutting him off and making him feel lonely. He thinks... (full context)
Jack: Why I Didn't Sit with August the First Day of School
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...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 saying that August... (full context)
Jack: Sides
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...out a piece of paper with a list 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... (full context)
Justin: The Bus Stop
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...upset when he gets back to the bus stop and explains that the kids were Julian, Henry, and Miles. He says they don't tease him during school but explains that there's... (full context)
August: The Auggie Doll
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February is the worst month for "the war." Julian leaves notes in August's locker that call him a freak and an orc, but August... (full context)
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...are neutral, but by March, people start to get sick of it. Amos even stops Julian from pouring pencil shavings into Jack's backpack. Finally, Julian starts spreading rumors that Jack hired... (full context)
August: Day One
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Everyone on the bus is very excited. August is especially thrilled when he hears that Julian decided the trip was too dorky, so he isn't coming. They get to the nature... (full context)
August: The Shift
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...best part is that Amos, Henry, and Miles treat him like he's one of them. Julian's popularity suffers because he wasn't there, and Miles and Henry now choose to hang out... (full context)
August: Ducks
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...Henry, and Miles stood up for him. Mr. Tushman admits he knows about all the Julian stuff and tells August he wishes that he'd said something about the notes in his... (full context)
Appendix
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...Henry's mentions not being friends with jerks, Summer's talks about not hurting people's feelings, and Julian's says that it's good to start over. August's precept is his newfound belief that everyone... (full context)