The Cruciable

1183 Words Jul 8th, 2011 5 Pages
Thesis Judging and being judged is a big problem in the world today. It affects so many different people of every race and gender. In the book To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, it shows the effects of judging people in many ways, such as the effects on the people being judged, the people around them and the people doing the judging. Judging affects the people being judged more because it has a more direct impact on their life. Being judged can completely change someone’s life. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man named Tom was falsely accused of raping a young white girl. When a white lawyer with a good reputation came upon this case he knew how people would react to him defending a black man, but he took the case anyway …show more content…
Most people tend to just “follow the crowd” and go along with whatever everyone else is doing. People tend to go along with what other people are doing because they’re afraid of being different and that they might be judged too. The book To Kill a Mockingbird shows this very well. In the book no one in the town of Maycomb knew Tom personally except the lawyer defending him. The only person who liked Tom was the only person who got to know him. Everyone in the town would hear about how bad of a person he was and all the bad things he has done and with every person that would find hear something, the story of what really happened would get even more and more exaggerated. It influences people’s decisions of what things are like so they can never find out by themselves. Judging also affects the people doing the judging in many ways as well. Judging stops a person from really getting to know a person. If there is a pregnant teenager walking around, most people would call her a slut. If they see a younger woman with a older man, they would call her a gold-digger. If the people who thought this had gotten to know the people then their opinions could change quickly. They could find out that the teenager might have been raped or that the couple might actually have a good relationship.

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