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Topic The Running Man discusses how we tend to judge people by appearances without really seeing them Do you agreeMichael Gerard BauersThe Running Manexplores the developing relationship between the young protagonist Joseph Davidson and the adjudicated Tom Leyton Namely the author uses Josephs point of view to discuss varying aspects ofjudging people by appearance rather taking the time to truly understand them MrsMossopis abused by Josephs judgment on appearance Conversely omitting signs lead Joseph to danger with Tom Leyton Lastly the character of Peter Davidson is amplified into a negative light through Josephs emotionsJosephs voice portrays Mrs Mossop as a malevolent woman hiding her identityFrom the tender age of five years old he isexposedto gossip about the woman therefore it becomes ingrained in him and spite towards her standard to him Moreover his fathers beliefs endure through his adolescent years and Joseph observes how his mother slumps slightly in contact with her The dangers of such become distinct as Joseph decides to paint Tom Leyton solely in response to her gossip this demonstrates her sheer level of influence As Joseph chooses to depict her as just a stupid oldlady that doesnt know anything the extents of his biasesare exposedIn revealing ofher traumatic past Joseph ignores her consumed by his own sentiments Even when her identity is blatantly thrust upon him he chooses to disregard itkeephis safe zone and not tofacethe uncomfortable truth of being mistaken As a result the readerpredisposesto overlook the weight ofMossops admission Thus Joseph judges Mrs Mossop by appearance and gossip leading toultimatestrifeIn contrast Joseph and Tom Leytons extortive relationship explores how prejudices often are correct despite appearance Influenced by the lack of a father figure heis inveigledinto an emotional bond to the deformity and madness of Leyton Ultimately Mossops label of Leytonunsuitable for ayoung boy rings true Josephis ledto blas danger to scorn forewarnings and to dishonesty simply to visit an inebriated Leyton In this case attempting to delve deeper into
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