People are born with the natural instinct to make assumptions about everything we encounter. Oftentimes, we make judgements about people that are unique or different. One group of people that are commonly misjudged due to their circumstance or appearance are homeless people. Stuart McLean’s Emil revolves around the relationship between a woman named Morley and a homeless man named Emil. Through their interactions, Morley begins to learn that happiness and fulfillment are subjective, and that we cannot simply judge a person by their lifestyle choice or outside appearance. Emil lives a minimalistic life; he doesn’t care about materialistic possessions or his appearance. Despite this, he is happy with what he has and is content with his living situation. Throughout the story, Morley becomes aware of this concept and learns that she should not judge Emil for his beliefs and values. We see evidence that Emil is content with his lifestyle when Morley gives him five dollars on the street and he gives her three dollars back, telling her ““That’s too much.”” (pg. 111). Even when he is presented with a much larger amount of money after winning the lottery, Emil still chooses to “[give] it to his regulars – people who [give] him money. Or [stop] to talk to him.” (pg. 118). Emil is not interested in having lots of money or owning a house and a car. In fact, when the television that Emil buys with his $10,000 are stolen from him he simply says, “It’s OK. […] The battery was going anyway, and it only got Canadian channels.” (page 120). When Morley learns that Emil is stealing flowers from gardens in the neighbourhood to create his own garden, she realizes that Emil find his happiness in ways that don’t revolve around money. After learning more about Emil’s values, she tries to improve his life in ways that he will enjoy. For example, buys him grape hyacinth bulbs for his garden such as the grape hyacinth bulbs and plants them in his garden, “thinking as she scrapes at the hard dirt in Emil’s box that they will come in the spring and surprise him.” (121). In conclusion, Morley’s relationship with Emil teaches her that we cannot judge people based on their lifestyle because success and happiness are different for everyone based on their values and beliefs.