Age of Wonders Essay
The story Age of Wonders is seen through the eyes of a small boy named Bruno. He was
to his devotion to writing and constant troubles with the law, ?I?ll sue each and one of those
would be set straight. She taught them how to conduct themselves properly, and taught them
how to take care of themselves knowing someday she would not be around. Perhaps the most
important lesson though was that of treating others equally. She constantly reminded them that
character. ?Judge not by the appearance of a an individual, instead look at how they are? pg.. 54.
Bruno was still a small child, about ten years old and he was just beginning to understand the
concept of racism. He recalls that he often faced a lot of racism up close, getting put-down
because of his ethnic background and being mistreated.
to be stealers, liars and cheaters. These theories became so blown out of proportion that
kids, there is no difficulty in getting them to all play together. Their thoughts are not yet as
corrupted as others. There is an example of this in the book between Helga and her friends.
they Found out that she was Jewish and she had such a deranged father they began to set barriers
towards her. At first she would wonder why they were not talking to her, but she later found out
it was because they were racist when they swore at her and called her a Jew. When Helga came
home later that day her mother asked her what had happened because her hair became tangled,
face scratched, and satchel torn. She went on to tell her mother that because they called her a
valuable lesson said: ?This is not the way to behave, Helga. That is not how we expect
people to behave here.? pg. 160.
Another message that the author is trying to send is that quite often or not we take racism
for granted. It is often overlooked and not considered to be a very important issue at all. Even in
today’s society when we hear a racial slur, oh well, it’s just a joke. It is not a joke but people use
that excuse to make it seem as if it?s not a major problem. Instead, the truth is those racist jokes
and slurs are the start of it. When Bruno was a small child he was constantly being exposed to
racism that he eventually became used to it. In fact, at that time Jewish people were being treated
so badly that Bruno?s very own father at one point said: ?my Jewishness means nothing to me?
pg. 85. His very own father had become disgraced of his own background and quite often told
people that he was Austrian so that he would not have to be embarrassed. The fact that he tried
family, disappearing because of disgrace and deranged, more ruined than the ones that remained.
made from flesh and blood?
The author also points out that some of the worst racists are the ones who
think that they are not racist and really are. They really have to come to grips with reality. Why
are they some of the worst racists? They are, because they cannot comprehend what is happening.
Bruno?s father was a prime example of this. Although through his life he repeatedly criticized
other people for being he forgot to mention that he himself held many dislikes for certain races.
gentiles and converted. He said ?God would not forgive them. How could he possibly forgive
them?? pg. 48. Like many people in his time Bruno?s father had become assimilated into the
belief that it was okay for him to be racist to others but not the other way around. People like this
do not even realize what they are saying and doing are racist. The question here has always been
how can someone make a judgment on another without knowing a thing about them. No one
deserves to be prejudged like that. There may be the odd one here and there amongst a race who
are not good people and rob, cheat, and steal. How can a person with little or no knowledge of
another individual then make a judgment and automatically assume every one of that entire race is
just the same. For example how can I say that all black people steal? The reason people think
like this is because they may have had bad experienced before or I have heard from other people
that this is what they think. For Bruno he was mislead first by his father and then second through
slowly as he grew up he began to learn and begin building certain barriers between people. The
prejudice of people in the world is disgusting. The worst part of it all is that they do not even
they do it.
No doubt, at some point or another we have all been racist, but this term racism has been
used too loosely. Racism has been mutated to such an extent that it could be a reason for war, a
people were infact put to horrible deaths through the use of gas chambers and other methods of
torture. A lot of us don?t usually spend time to sit down and think about topics such as these but
face many inequities. I have always been true to the saying that ?If you are not part of the
solution you are part of the problem.? People who do not see that racism is a problem are almost
as bad as the racists themselves. This is why we have to take action to learn from our mistakes
that we have made. There is hope out there, because no matter how racist a person is it can
remarks he made about him. ?I hate Jew?s all they do is steal from others!? Page 112.
Sometimes the results are quicker than others and still sometimes in the end it doesn?t work at all.
If everyone makes a decent effort though then maybe this world would be a much more loving
and caring place.