2nd hour Honors English
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
“The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.”
Stereotyping, superstitions, and being prejudice are all components that lead to misjudging others. Many myths have been associated with different ethnic groups, and it leads to ethnic segregation. An understanding about other cultures may help decrease the negativity and overcomes prejudice.
What does being prejudice mean? Why do societies leap at the chance to judge others? Prejudice is the word used to describe the unfair treatment or judgments toward different individuals based on gender, social status, age, disability, religious practices, sexuality, race/ethnicity, etc. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee displays the harsh realities of stereotypes and prejudice in the southern culture. Tom Robinson portrays a black man accused of raping a young girl, Mayella Ewell. Maycomb County is deep within the southern states, a place where there is a distinct separation between races, especially during the time the book takes place. No clear evidence is presented in Tom Robinson’s conviction. Just because he was an African American, it gave them the right to go to trial deprived of a testimony. Tom Robinson was innocent until proven guilty; unfortunately the jury was not in his favor.
The residents, from day one, understood what the judgment was going to be even though some of them knew that Tom didn’t rape Mayella. “The older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable to one another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by time.” (Lee Ch. 13) No one ever really...