A sense of wonder: On Wonder Woman’s strongest weapon

Wonder. Noun. A feeling of surprise and admiration that you have when you see or experience something beautiful, unusual, or unexpected. Beyond the familiar use of the word wonder, there is a literary and intellectual concept. Sense of wonder. Noun. A feeling of awakening or awe triggered by an expansion of one’s awareness of what is possible or by confrontation with the vastness of space and time. These definitions complement each other. And beyond the obvious evocation of that wonder word in its title, it seems an essential word in watching and responding to the way Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman unfolds.

The story is of Diana. She is never referred to as Wonder Woman. She is not of our world, but hails from the island Themyscira. It is an island of Amazons, warrior women created by the gods to protect mankind from the wrath of the Ares, God of War. Diana is the only child on an island where the feminine solidarity and peace is broken when Steve Trevor, crashes his plane just off the coast of the island soon followed by …to continue reading this article, please subscribe.  Already a subscriber ? Sign In

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