Stereotypes And Stereotypes Of Stereotypes

794 Words Jul 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Stereotypes are by definition a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person. Stereotypes can apply to other things as well but I will focus on the stereotypes seen in society. As we have seen in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, stereotypes have been present throughout history. However, it seems that even though stereotypes usually carry negative effects on people with their presence, they have lingered with us for some strange reason.

Stereotypes exist today because it is easier, socially, to treat people based on what group you think they fit into. Just explaining how stereotypes work already exposes multiple problems. We’ve all heard of the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, yet stereotypes do exactly that to humans and ruins how positively we may think of some groups of people, but stereotypes do have a basis in truth. Stereotypes begin when society starts to notice common characteristics that a certain group of people portray more than any other group, characteristics so broad that they apply to most to all of the people in that group. Once that category of people receive a stereotype, it grows when that category of people begin to show the same characteristics over and over again until the rest of society and even the category of people themselves think that all and everyone who belongs to that category of people will always show certain characteristics no matter what. Truthfully, that is not the case.

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