Pros Cons

-A person may dress a certain -Some people do dress to
way to fit in with a certain group. reflect who they are.
-A person may be forced to dress
in a way which they do not desire.
-A person may dress to try to
“become” someone they are not.

Clothing masks the true character of a person.



Many ways can be found to express one’s self. The way a person acts, what
activities he/she enjoys, or how he/she decorates his/her home is a way for a person to express
his/her self. This, alone, though, can not show the true nature of a person. Nor can the physical
appearance of a person, or where he/she lives, for that matter. The true character of a person is so
deep that not even clothes can not show the true nature of a person. Clothing masks the true
character of a person.
It may be true that the clothes some people wear do reflect who they are as a person.
Huckleberry Finn from the book, “The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn”, by Mark Twain, like to
take off his clothes. This was an indication that Huck liked to be free, and not cramped up in
clothes. However, people be forced to dress a way which hinders his/her true personality. Huck
Finn did show that he was free at times by wearing nothing at all, but at times he was forced to
wear clothing that did not reflect who he was.
‘Two months or more run along, an my good clothes got to be all rags and dirt, and I
didn’t see how I’d ever got to like it with Miss Watson.’
(Twain, 32)
This shows that Huck did not like to wear clothes that were too constrictive for him to feel free.
Clothing may fool a person into thinking that he/she is something he/she is not. Having
nice clothes or having “different” clothes can make people think he/she has power, which can be
dangerous if he/she endagers themselves or someone else. Henry Fleming, a character from the
book, “The Red Badge of Courage”, by Stephen Crane, thought that by putting on a war uniform,
he would become a hero.
‘He stood in the doorway with soldier’s clothes on his back, and with light and expectancy
in his eyes.’
(Crane, 5)
But when Henry reached the battlefield, he realized he was scared and that a uniform couldn’t
make him a hero.
‘In the youth’s eyes there came a look that one can see in the orbs of a jaded horse.
His neck was quivering with nervous weakness and the muscles of his arms felt
numb and bloodless.’
(Crane, 45)
In this case, clothes had a part in fooling someone into thinking he was a soldier.

Clothes do not show who a person really is. A person could be forced to dress one way or
choose to dress another to fit. Also, they might dress one way to be someone that they are not.
Many physical aspects do not reflect who a person, but some aspects of a person do reflect his or
her personality.