Tolerance And Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover!” Since we were old enough to read books, my teachers have preached this mantra to my classes. They would tell us that it is what is on the inside that matters, not just the cover. I must have heard these exact words hundreds of times while in school, yet I still found myself breaking this unwritten rule when I was in the eleventh grade. It was just another cold winter day in rural Minnesota when I entered my language arts class in the morning. Being that it was the first class of my day, the sun had yet to rise, which added to the overall tired mood that every student conveyed. The classroom itself was an attempt to make the school more cheerful, but no amount of posters could mask the weary, beige walls …show more content…
By the end of the week, at the end of each class, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I became so interested in the book that I started to read it at home instead of waiting to read the book in class. One night at home, I could not put the book down, so I read for hours, and I finished the book. When I finished the book, I found that, incidentally, two of the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird include tolerance and prejudice.
I was quick to formulate assumptions about the book based on its smell, the way it looked, and its age. In the past, I have not liked older books so I automatically concluded that this book would be the same. Without even turning the page to start reading the book, I already decided that I hated To Kill a Mockingbird. Little did I know, this book was not like all of the other classic novels that I have read before it and it would eventually become one of my favorite novels.
Although I still judge books by their covers, I try not to assume what the book will be like because of the cover. Instead, I try to keep an open mind whenever I pick up a new book. Also, after reading this book, I found myself more open to reading assigned books. I learned that when you judge a book by it’s cover, you, consequently, could miss out on a great

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