Sat Essay

457 WordsJul 28, 20142 Pages
Sometimes things do not seem to be the way they actually are. In other words, when we judge or look at something for the first time and make an automatic assumption, our judgment could be completely false. Throughout society and life, the evidence to support my viewpoint is pervasive. For example, consider Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird set in the 1930s depression era. Two siblings, Jem and Scout Finch, persevere through challenges thrown at them in their racially-charged hometown Maycomb, Alabama. Initially, the two siblings feared their reclusive neighbor Boo Radley, rumored to have committed immoral acts. Only after Radley saves Jem and Scout from the vengeful and unpleasant Bob Ewell do the two siblings see that Boo is indeed a kind-hearted and sympathetic individual, whose personality was masked by the labels placed on him by society. Another example is the case of the Scottsboro boys convicted of rape in 1931 in Scottsboro, Alabama. Nine black teenagers were traveling on a train south, when two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, got off the train at a stop and framed these boys of gang-rape. The boys were taken off the train, given three rush trials with inadequate representation, and sent to jail for 20 years without a trial. Eventually, the truth was revealed, only after the boys' lives had been wasted in jail for 20 years. If the authorities had looked past the fact that the teenage boys were black and seen the lies in Price and Bate's statements, the innocent teenagers would not have been convicted. More supportive evidence is the case of Bernie Madoff, former chair of NASDAQ, widely acclaimed for his arrest in 2008 for fraud. Madoff had cheated thousands of people into giving him money, totaling to a grand amount of approximately $17 billion. Madoff's promises to the investors hid his true intentions of keeping the money to himself.

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