Misjudgement In 'The Outsiders'

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Clara Johnson Ms. Baiden English 1 Honors 12 February 2023 Misjudgement in Literature Misjudgement can blind a person from the truth, leading them to miss important ideas and experiences. After forming a wrong opinion about someone, they are being unfairly criticized. It is important to take time to get to know someone before judging them by how they appear to be. In the novels The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Lord of the Flies by William Golding, characters were misjudged, leading the reader to learn not to judge a person by their appearance. In The Outsiders, Cherry is misjudged based on her class, and that resulted in a loss of relationships, teaching the reader that people’s lives are not always what they appear to be. Cherry and Ponyboy …show more content…

The Greasers, on the other hand, are thought of as poor people who are dirty, dysfunctional and wilder than the Socs. Cherry and Ponyboy avoided each other because of what they appeared to be, what they thought of each other, and the group they associated with. To the Greasers, Cherry’s life seems perfect because she has access to everything she wants, giving her all the happiness she needs. In the text, Ponyboy thinks, “I’d always thought she was stuck-up” (Hinton 21). However, when they meet at an outdoor movie night, they find that they aren’t so different after all. They talk about the people that have hurt them and how hard life is for both of their groups. …show more content…

Piggy’s real name isn’t Piggy, but he is called this because of his weight. The other boys on the island tease him about it, but he hates it. This leads to the other boys not treating him like they do each other, and whenever he says something, no one thinks anything of it. Piggy also struggles with asthma, and the boys are mean to him because of this too. His qualities that make him different lead to the boys picking on him and not caring about him. The boys don’t know that Piggy is full of good ideas that could help them out when trying to survive on the deserted island they have crashed onto, because they are mean to him. The author supports this idea when he says, “Ralph! We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us--” (Golding 16). Piggy’s idea to call the other boys with the conch is very important, and this conch becomes important to the story. However, his ideas get covered up when the boys bully him. For example, the text states, “You’re talking too much, said Jack Merridew. “Shut up, Fatty.” Laughter arose. “He’s not Fatty,” cried Ralph, “his real name’s Piggy!” (Golding 21). Piggy is insecure about this name, and the boys push him around, not caring about what he thinks. He has the idea to count the kids to know how many people are there, but he gets waved away

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