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You can't judge a book by its cover "You can't judge a book by its cover". This phrase surfaced many years ago, and is in no doubt a frequently heard phrase; however, how many people actually abide this saying? In this modern society, an increasing number of people have become more concerned about their appearances, and this is not just seen in women, but even men. The traditional ways of judging one's inner self rather than the outer appearances have long been forgotten, and only minorities of the society still believe in this. In this living society, it is no longer extraordinary or rare to hear someone saying "That girl has no fashion sense!", "He's not handsome, he's ugly!" People make assumptions of everything solely on their appearance, without ever attempting to discover its inner beauty. Such examples include grocery goods to a partner in one's relationship. Often, they are chosen based on their outer appearances. People tend to believe that if the exterior looks flawless, what is inside should definitely be perfect. ...read more.


Men continuously aim to be 'handsome' and by defining handsome, it does not just point to the face, but also to the muscles in their body. Hence, the number of men who have started working out in the gyms have also increased. The truth, the reality however, is that often looks could be deceiving, and what may appear on the outside, may not be equivalent to the inside. A perfectly shaped red apple, may look very appetizing from the appearance, but could be lacking the sweetness and the crunchy texture that apples are supposed to have. A book with the most exciting cover could also be the most boring book on the shelf. Judging people simply by their looks without knowing what lies within can become the worst thing that could ever happen. Such obsession with the outer appearance has also led to social discrimination. This means that people with a certain physical look, or of a certain race should be superior to the others. This often leads to lots of conflicts in life. ...read more.


The blacks had no say whatsoever in any of the events that held place in Maycomb, the main town mentioned in the book. In this book, one of the main characters, Atticus Finch, a noble gentleman, teaches his children, Scout and Jem the importance of not being prejudice, and that there should not be any differences between the whites and blacks. He teaches his children to be understanding, and to look at things from different people's point of view, and to put themselves into other's shoes. Despite his sister, Alexandra, being one of the most prejudice ladies in Maycomb, he ignores what everyone says of him, and sticks to his views believing that all whites and blacks should be equal. As a lawyer, he faces a stage where he has to defend Tom Robinson, a black man being accused of r****g a white. Despite other's views that he should not take this case seriously, he puts in all his effort into defending Tom Robinson, although he is aware that the chances of winning was zero. In conclusion, I believe that one should not judge a book by its cover, without knowing the hidden beauty of anything, or anyone, but rather look at the inner beauty. ...read more.

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