The Man from the Other Side: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Salvador Gomez
Period.5 H English

Many people are discriminated, because of their race, gender, and personal characteristics. However, not everyone understands that physical appearance is just half of a person, the other half is their personality. The big idea of The Man from the Other Side by Uri Orlev and Peter Ramse and Clacton’s Simon Fitzpatrick to feature in Alan Powdrill’s exhibition Covered by Alan Powdrill is to never judge a book by its cover.
In The Man from the Other Side, Orlev talks about the prejudice against the Jews during World War 2. The main character, Marek states, “Such people had always seemed strange and ugly to me. Maybe it was their odd clothes, or their beards and sidelocks, or the strange language they spoke…” (Orlev 14). People should not be judged by their physical characteristics or their belongings. The Jews are not all the same, maybe if others got to meet a Jew they would realize that what is spoken about them is not true. One of Marek’s friends, Janek states, “They’ve got lots of diamonds and gold besides the money… a Jew lover or something?” (Orlev 26). The Jews are being discriminated for being rich while all they really want to do is survive, they are not being greedy people who buy everything. Instead of judging people by their property, they should be judged by their personality. The Man from the Other Side focuses on racism towards the Jews to demonstrate how people are judged by their appearance.
In the article Peter Ramse and Clacton’s Simon Fitzpatrick to feature in Alan Powdrill’s exhibition Covered, Powdrill discusses the criticism towards people with tattoos who are judged, because of the tattoos. Simon Flitzpatrick states, “He said: “If I’m in my vest some people are a bit vary of me. I don’t like that…We’re just normal people, we just like art on our skin and that’s it,” (Powdrill). People misunderstand the use of tattoos. The stereotype is that people with tattoos are in gangs; however, some people with tattoos actually use them for self-expression just like Flitzpatrick, who uses tattoos as art. Powdrill states, “There were two reasons Peter, 37, was keen to get involved – to show off his tattoos and to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease, which he has suffered from since he was a teenager and is the theme of many of his tattoos,” (Powdrill). This statement adds support that people use tattoos for self-expression, because Peter wants to show them off. Tattoos can also be used to raise awareness of conditions such as Crohn’s disease just like how Peter is using his to show the effects of Crohn’s disease. Not all people use tattoos to seem threatening, they use them for self-expression and to raise awareness, however the stereotype that people with tattoos are dangerous is hiding the true intentions of tattoos.
The big idea of both articles is, don’t judge a book by its cover or a man by his tattoos, which is shown by containing several example of misunderstood people, just because they are a different race or have an odd appearance.
Work Cited
Orlev, Uri, and Hillel Halkin. The Man from the Other Side. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Print.
“Never Judge a Book by Its Cover… or a Man by His Tattoos.” Gazette. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.


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