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The relationship between perception and reality is an intriguing one Usually it is assumed that perceptions of people are based on the reality of there actions In other words how a person is characterized by others stems from the reality of how he chooses to live his lives It is important to note however that in issues of race this normal relationship between perception and reality is convoluted Often in cases of race people may enter into the judgment or the characterization of others with preconceived perceptions that are not always based on the reality of an individuals actions Furthermore these perceptions often misperceptions form the basis of reality In The Outsider and Uncle Toms Children by Richard Wright the destiny of the characters is based upon how they are perceived by others In order to understand how perception forms identity it is important to focus upon central characters in each novel In The Outsider the main character Cross Damon is alienated by society and depends solely upon himself In Uncle Toms Children Big Boy tries to fit the perception of himself and eventually goes too far leading to a tragic fate Although it is true in both characters case that perception is derived from reality each was subject to unfair reputations Both Cross and Big Boy shared a similar dilemma in which two misunderstood characters suffered a tragic life In The Outsider Cross is viewed by other including his friends and family as an outsider someone who has no motivation to connect with anyone else and chooses to live life as a loner Although throughout the novel he is very cool to his family members and friends it is clear that society has a pre-determined opinion of him His ex-wife Gladys girlfriend Dot and even his own mother feel that Cross is totally uninterested in anyone else but himself Crosss friends see him as more friendly however they still form the same opinion of
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