Bystander Case Studies Reflection

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What would you do if you saw someone else in trouble? Would you help them or look the other way? In College English Honors 9, we have been studying the Holocaust and the book Night, the Kitty Genovese story and the concept of empathy. The Holocaust was the mass murder of six million jews, and other groups of people. Kitty Genovese was a young lady who was stabbed three times while 38 neighbors watched and nobody did a thing. Empathy can create a stronger, more just society because it unites people and could possibly prevent tragedies from happening. The three assignments that I will be using are Kitty Genovese Article Reflections, Bystander Case Studies Reflections, and “The Lottery” Theme Reflection. The neighbors’ lack of empathy led to Kitty…show more content…
For the Bystander Case Studies Reflections, we wrote two thoughtful paragraphs. The purpose of the assignment was to reflect on how people acted during the murder of Kitty Genovese, connect it to a bigger issue, and brainstorm ways that this could be changed. In the two paragraphs we had to write about the mistakes that people make in society that end up in a tragedy and how we could possible change them. I wrote, “I could be a leader and be the first to stick up for someone. Then, other people will maybe follow me and stick up too.” The bystander effect causes a lack of empathy and keeps people from speaking up when something bad is happening because they are scared to get involved. If people were more empathetic for others, there would be less tragedies and more people would be sticking up for others when they are in…show more content…
The purpose of the assignment was to reflect on the theme of the story. In the story, a lottery would always be held, and whoever was picked would be sacrificed. The villagers would stone that person to death. In the theme reflection, I chose the theme of conformity can create a corrupt society. The conformity of their society caused a lack of empathy, leading to a person being stoned to death for no reason. The society already didn’t want to do it, and just get it over with. If they only had empathy, they could have stopped the tradition, but they were only worried about themselves and not being picked to be

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