Examples Of Misjudged In The Outsiders

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C. G. Jung once said, “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” Misjudgement is an issue in the world today, but especially in the lives of characters found in literature. It means to misunderstand someone, which causes the interactions to be different than someone “normal”. In the novels The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, two characters were misjudged because their personality was overlooked, which resulted in the readers learning from that misjudgment. In The Outsiders, Cherry’s personality is overlooked because of money, and that misjudgement led to a delay in happiness and friendship. In the novel, the society is divided based on money. This causes many characters to be misjudged, …show more content…

Cherry was a Soc and was therefore very rich. Ponyboy was hesitant to become friends because he assumed she was cold-hearted like some of the other Socs. This delayed their friendship and was one of the first times Cherry was misjudged. At the time, she was also dating a Soc who consistently jumped the Greasers. This was another way she was misjudged. The Greasers ignored her personality, comparing it to her boyfriend’s instead. This created tension that could’ve been avoided if Cherry hadn’t been misjudged. The two groups had nothing in common until they realized that they saw the same sunset. Hinton showed this revelation by writing, “Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset” (Hinton 41). This is a major moment because it is the first time they realize money isn't …show more content…

In the novel, a group of boys were stranded on an island after a plane crash. They had to figure out how to survive and how to find resources. They created something like a committee, and Ralph was voted chief. He became in charge of all the boys on the island, Piggy being one of them. Piggy was smart and had good ideas. However, none of the other boys took him seriously because of his physical attributes. One of the things he struggled with was asthma. Because of this, the other boys never listened to his ideas even when they would be very beneficial. For example, Piggy suggested counting all the boys on the island. They didn't, and when the beast started to come they were unsure if anyone was actually missing. They overlooked his idea and it resulted in a dangerous situation because they didn’t know how dangerous the beast was. Piggy was also larger than the other boys and was therefore excluded from many explorations. Golding showed this exclusion by writing, “Ralph and the biguns set out along the beach. They left Piggy…” (Golding 102). Even though Piggy was a bigun, they left him and went on the exploration. Throughout the rest of the novel, they continued to exclude and ignore Piggy. Jack and Ralph started to fight, and when tension between the boys continued to increase, Piggy was still overlooked even though his

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