Thus, depicting their powerlessness through ignorance of not being educated about such things. Moreover, it is not only the outsiders that show ignorance towards Charlie, but also his own brother. When Jackie decides to visit the Mollisons, Thomas freaks out and hastily locks Charlie in his room. The locked door symbolises how Thomas believes that Charlie should not be free at home but locked away in a mental institution. The ignorance of Thomas towards Charlie shows his powerlessness as he is in able to cope with the responsibility that comes with his brother. However, in contrast to Thomas, the power of Jackie is shown as she confidently accepts Charlie. This is represented in the scene where Charlie pops up with Jackies tampon sticking out of his mouth.
After Thomas tackles Charlie down and rips the tampon out, placing it back in Jackies bag, she exclaims sarcastically and in a warm tone At least it wasnt used, highlighting her power as she chooses to be accepting instead of ignorant towards Charlies sate. Similarly, in the text The Power of the Powerless by Christopher De Vinch, the protagonist also has an autistic brother. But, unlike Thomas, Christopher accepts his autistic brother as shown in the quote Oliver still remains the most helpless human being Ive ever met, the weakest human being Ive ever met and yet he was the most powerful. The use of juxtaposition show the acceptance Christopher has towards his brother, despite how hard it might be sometimes living with him. Hence, the idea ignorance could lead to ones powerlessness.