Theme: Judgement Leads To Cruelty

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Theme: Judgement Leads To Cruelty

Theme: Judgement Leads to Cruelty

In the beginning of the novel, the kids judge Boo based on past stories, rumors, and their own imagination This causes them to do cruel things to him, such as "putting his life's history on display for the edification of the neighborhood" (Lee 65) and tormenting him in other various ways, like running on his property to touch his house and attempting to give him a letter on a fishing pole (Lee 18, 64).

Judgement led to cruelty when the Cunninghams and their gang show up at the jailhouse, planning to hurt or even kill Tom Robinson (Lee 220). They judge him only by his black skin and untrue rumors, and they try to beat him up for something that he did not even do. Their uninformed judgement almost caused unnecessary added turbulence in the town by hurting an innocent man who had not one iota of evidence against him.

Boo Radley

When Jem and Scout pass Ms. Dubose's house, she shouts invectives at them. Jem judges her as a nasty, horrible woman and takes it out on her. He did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned..." (Lee 137) His judgement led to him acting obstreperously and performing an act of extreme cruelty to an incredibly brave old woman who they learn is a dying morphine addict.

Mrs. Dubose

Tom Robinson

By Elizabeth Perna

“How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly.” ― Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil...” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship


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