How To Judge People In To Kill A Mockingbird

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After childhood, people come to realise that the world is a cruel place. People misjudge others; thus, over time, people grow to accept the amount of brutality in the world. Parents often tell their children that first impressions count, mainly because others are quick to judge. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, first impressions of people are never correct, as we judge people after mere seconds, and we are often incorrect in our assumptions of people. For instance, people often put up fronts, which then surprises others when someone’s true self is revealed. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is surprised when Atticus tells her, “You never really understand a person…show more content…
Many people, including Scout, Jem, and Dill, are afraid of things Boo hasn’t done. Furthermore, Boo always stays home, which makes others think Boo’s father has been punishing him for his actions. Yet this isn’t true, as Jem states, “...when I was your age...(I thought) if there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other?... Scout… I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time...it’s because he wants to stay inside” (227). Boo is actually scared of the world because he knows it’s cruel and unforgiving at times. Eventually, Boo saves Jem and Scout from getting murdered by Mr.Ewell, and Scout learns that “most people are (nice)...when you finally see them” from Atticus. This means that no one should judge people negatively before they get to know them, as then they’ll grow biases against others. However, this doesn’t often…show more content…
“‘Hey, look,’ one of them said. ‘It 's Hydro Head.’ ‘Nah, he ain 't Hydro,’ said another one of the brothers. ‘He 's Hydrogen.’” The brothers then proceed to play catch with Junior, shoving him “to and fro”. Junior doesn’t retaliate against the insults and Junior takes out his anger for the world in his comics and even on himself. At points, Junior thinks he’s “not tough” (68) and the “opposite of (a) warrior” (75) This only gets better after Junior learns that the judgements of others doesn’t affect him, through Rowdy’s friendship. Unfair judgement from others, and even self judgement, happens, and so people should just ignore
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