Don’t Judge a Book by the Cover


You Cant Tell


Michael Azazi
4/8/02
Exemplification Essay
Many people feel that you can tell a lot about a person by observing what they wear and what they eat. This is not the case. Choice of clothing and eating habits, in no way, allow you to pass judgment on a person. Judging people based on these factors is extremely shallow. What one wears and eats in no way depicts character, behavior, or even intelligence. One simply cannot know a person by looking at them and observing what they eat. Such a thought is ridiculous.

Instead of looking at clothing and what one is eating, character should be the basis for opinion. Judging a book by the cover only leads to surprises, and in this case, judging a human by dress can lead to surprises as well. Just because a man or woman may not dress as nicely, theyre not necessarily bad or even poor. The particular individual may not care what anyone thinks. They may dress a certain way just so people will pass judgment on them, some may just want the attention. This is often the case. Ones appearance can lead to many false judgments. By saying someone is a bum because of what they eat or wear shows total ignorance. If a person did nothing to better their situation, they can be considered bums. If the person has good character and is just going through a rough time, passing judgment because of clothing and what they eat is wrong. The person one may think is a bum may be the best worker around, with the most character. Without getting to know a persons character, one should not be able to judge.
Behavior is also important in passing judgment on an individual. Wearing nice clothes and eating fancy food means nothing if the person behaves like a child. A person wearing dirty clothes and eating out of the garbage may behave better. This is why prejudging people can often wrong. A bum with good manners and behavior would be more pleasant to be around than a rich, snob with no manners and horrible behavior. One cannot have a full outlook on an individual by just viewing their dress and eating habits. Looking at someones clothing or what is in their refrigerator does not depict behavior.

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By seeing what one wears and eats in no way allows you to know if the person is intelligent. Crazy as it sounds, some bums are educated, smart people. These bums eating from garbages may even carry a conversation better than someone wearing a business suit and eating Red Lobster every night.An intelligent person could simply choose not to care about dress. Not all smart people conform to what society feels is appropriate. Some may choose to dress like bums simply because they dont care. It doesnt mean theyre any less smart or have less money. It could mean that such petty things do not get to this person. To me this shows tremendous strength. Intelligence cannot be judged by observing ones clothing and eating habits.

One cannot tell a lot about people by observing what they wear and eat. Character, behavior, and intelligence tell you a lot about the person. Looking at ones clothing or what they are eating doesnt allow you to pass judgment on a person. Before prejudging an individual, one should get to know. Itd be a shame passing by a great person just because one feels that anothers clothing or choice of food is not acceptable. You cannot judge a book by its cover; the same goes with people.
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