Judging in To KIll A Mockingbird
“The black man did it” she said.
“Typical”, he said in response.
Humans tend to judge others for many reasons. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, it shows a great theme of judging and that you don't really know a person until you have walked around in their shoes. This story takes place in the 1930s in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb County. It is a story of a black man being accused for something he didn't do, and the family of the lawyer who defends him. In this book many people are judged. Some are judged for their class, some are judged for their race, and some are judged for the things they do or say. Mayella Ewell, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch were all victims of judging …show more content…
Most people in the town know her as a poor girl with a huge family and really bad manners. She was the victim of rape and Tom Robinson (a black man) was accused of it. During the trial Mayella acted very scared and un-proper. She says “Your fancy airs don't come to nothin'—your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch-" (Lee 251 ) when all Atticus was doing was treating her with simple respect, calling her ma’am and Miss Mayella. She was so poor and uneducated that when someone called her ma’am she thought they were mocking her. Many people judged her for this. Even as a reader I grew to dislike her because of the way she spoke. What I learned was that her dad did not know the correct ways to respect a lady and so that is the way her dad taught her. It is not her fault she wasn’t educated, she had to work so her family could have food and money. We should not judge her. We do not know her full …show more content…
Most of the things they judged him on were rumors. One fact, that everyone knew, was that he did not come out of his house very often. When people noticed that they started spreading rumors that his parents locked him up because he tried to kill his dad. These rumors were not true. Stephanie Crawford told many stories about him. One time she said “Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his scrapbook. His father entered the room, and as Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.” (Lee 13). A lot of stories began to spread after this story started. More rumors were made. Now when people saw or heard of him they would become silent and get scared. They didn’t like him, yet, most of them haven’t met him. This is a huge example of judging. At the end of the story we met Boo and he was a very sweet man. It is sad that judging is so easy, and that it can ruin someone’s
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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird it shows the problems and occurrences of how human inequality and diversity is brought up in the world. Racial comments, prejudice remarks, and judgement are all mentioned in the book. Although, the book is fiction, it brings up real life events that are still happening in the present time. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s in that time anyone and everyone were judged by their life choices, skin color, social class, appearance, etc. Human society then was diverse into large groups of stereotypes.
He has a criminal record, which mostly consist of petty crimes. The people in the town think he is crazy. Miss Crawford creates rumors about how crazy Boo is. Most of the town’s people believe the rumors causing a slight hysteria to surround Boo. 3.
There is a strange story that Boo was sitting in the living room, and when his parents came in the room he stabbed scissors into their leg. When the police showed up, Mrs. Radley was sitting in the living room perfectly fine. It was also told that at night Boo would be seen peering into the windows of his neighbors houses. Boo was so well known that if a negro was walking down the street, they would cross the street and under no circumstance walk past the house on the same side of the road. Boo was also part of a gang.
As human being were constantly judged by our appearance and by our actions. Sometimes the way were judged may cause people to get the wrong idea of us. Being constantly judged was a common thing in the city of Maycomb back in the 1930’s, where almost every white person was racist or discriminated the blacks. Tom Robinson was a victim to discrimination and later on lost his life for a crime he hadn’t committed. When people are perceived this way it has the ability to change people’s lives forever.
Destruction of Character Through Pre-Judgment Judgment, often defined as an opinion or a conclusion, is a relevant term throughout Harper Lee’s writings (Merriam Webster). As seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman the relevance of judgment is evident through discrimination of individuals skin color. At first glance, an average reader might perceive the novel as a story of an unconventional upbringing. Although this reader is not completely mistaken, a key point is lost. This point is the theme of pre-judgment and its destructiveness.
Many people are unfairly judged, whether that be on first impressions, or how someone thinks someone should be based on stereotypes. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee we are shown that people are often wrongly discriminated against for their personal beliefs, outward appearance, or ideas through the Tom Robinson court case, the characterization of Boo Radley, and The Ewell family. Throughout the novel, Tom Robinson’s court case plays a crucial role in the development of the theme. Tom Robinson was a black man who had a disability that made it unlikely for him to be able to overcome anyone easily.
Boo Radley is a victim of this. Rumors are always being spread, but never known if it is true or not true. Miss Stephanie always had many things to say, but “had more to say about Radleys” since they were rarely seen throughout the day (44). The rumors being said about Boo Radley have always been opinions, since no one knows why Boo Radley does not come out of his house. Boo Radley is not the only victim of this, but also African Americans not only prejudice towards them but injustice was being done towards them.
For example when Tom is in court people assume that he is guilty because he is black, you also see judgment by rumor when Scout is told that Boo Radley eats animals at night. Readers see these types of judgement all throughout the novel, displayed in subplots. Often in society we judge before thinking about the topic however, Author Harper Lee uses subplots in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird to show how people empathize before judging others or creating opinions over topics so, society can learn how to empathize in their everyday lives before making their opinion on topics. In today’s world judgement is placed everywhere, including social media and even News stations.
Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, presents the idea that being non judgemental is demonstrated by not judging someone on one specific thing about someone even when others might judge them. Social justice requires one being non judgemental because everyone deserves being equal. The character Atticus Finch demonstrates being non judgemental by not judging people by their race, gender, and whether their an outcast or not. Atticus, a non judgemental person, because he does not not show any less respect to anyone for what color skin they have. The court appointed him to defend Tom, but, “Atticus also aims to defend him.”(163)
We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
How is judgement prevalent in society? Physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen”. He means that you didn’t just randomly become so judgmental one day. You acquired all of the common sense that you have now based on where you grew up, and the influences that were around you. You were taught to automatically judge people and assume things based on appearance, skin color, and rumors.
He tormented many people including Helen Robinson, Scout, Jem, and Atticus. Mayella’s father beating her had a lasting impact on her. She has to think about what she does because she knows she will suffer the consequences from her father. Although Mayella wanted to tell the truth on the stand, she was forced to
Boo Radley, a prevalent, although often unseen, character in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, was no exception. Throughout the novel, rumors and lies altered the public perception of Boo Radley. Very often, these rumors propagated, as they were distorted further
Social prejudice is shown throughout Harper Lee’s award winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee powerfully analyses the theme social prejudice, and its effect on people. Such as how the Social prejudice is discrimination based on your status in society. An example of social prejudice would be the Radley family, which consists of Boo Radley, Nathan Radley and Arthur Radley. As they haven’t been out of their house in years people are lead to believe the rumours.
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” – Wayne Dyer Judging others is a natural human trait that everyone has. Everyone tries their hardest to not make assumptions about others but everyone does make assumptions about others. Sometimes despite their best efforts people will find themselves exploring feelings of negativity towards someone else or even making judgements about them. This relates to my prompt because you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s use of racism proves that you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are.