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Prejudice In " On The Sidewalk Bleeding" By Evan Hunter.

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Prejudice and our blind eye towards prejudice within our society are evident factors in the story "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" by Evan Hunter. The main character, Andy, because of his gang membership, is pre judged based on his jacket and not for who he actually is. As a society, we do not notice the injustice within our culture. Prejudice, an underlying and unseen inequality made the difference between life and death for Andy. Andy could have been saved numerous times from after he was stabbed but the reaction he faced from the people who could have saved him was a heart breaking experience for the reader.Firstly, Andy's inadequacy to see his own identity disappear proved to be fatal for him. If Andy had realised that he was no longer "Andy" he may have left the gang and this would have saved his life. Andy was a suspected to prejudice because of his gang membership. "Even in his pain, there had been some sort of pride in knowing he was a Royal. Now there was no pride at all. With the rain beginning to chill him, with the blood pouring steadily between his fingers, he knew only a sort of dizziness. He could only think: I want to be Andy"(2).Andy fails to realise that the decision he made to join the Royals was a mistake that would cost him his life. "He had heard the voice saying, 'That's for you Royal! " and then the sound of footsteps hurrying into the rain, and then he had fallen to the sidewalk, clutching his stomach, trying to stop the flow of blood" (1). Andy was stabbed because of the preconception of the rival gang member. The assailant did not know whether or not he was a good or bad person, he only knew he was a Royal. Andy's lack of judgement had not only led to his loss of individuality, but it also led to his untimely death. Andy was assaulted because of hatred. He wore a purple jacket that bore the name "The Royals", that is what killed him.Another example of prejudice in this short story by Evan Hunter is the actions of the police officer. Regardless of Laura's cries, the police officer's first note on his notepad was "A Royal". The officer did not care if his name was Andy or who he was, he judged Andy by his purple jacket, nothing more." The cop picked up the jacket and turned it over in his hands. "A Royal, huh?" he said. She looked at the cop and, very quietly, she said, "His name is Andy. "The cop slung the jacket over his arm. He took out his black pad, and he flipped it open to a blank page. "A Royal, " he said. Then he began writing." (9) The officer's injustice towards Andy is unbearable. The words the officer says are those of prejudice. However, the officer does not realise his own intolerance towards Andy, he is blind towards it. The officer had no emotion when he saw the...

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