Paper 1 - Hipen Shah Ezra Nielson 9/27/10 Paper 1 Final...

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Hipen Shah Ezra Nielson 9/27/10 Paper 1 Final Draft The Guilt of the Environment We can control our own lives if the environment made it possible. The world today lives either in a positive or a negative environment. For those who live in a positive environment, they are able to control their own lives because they probably had good role models. For people like Bernie Goetz, they are not able to control their lives because of the environment he has been exposed in both the past and the present. In Malcolm Gladwell’s, “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” Gladwell bases his essay off the idea called the Power of Context which is in essence speaking of how people will make decisions of the context of their situation. Bernie Goetz is a prime example of how the environment had seduced his mind to kill the four boys on the train and is also an example of what a negative environment can do to society and how it can have a negative effect in our everyday lives that we live in. Because of limitations set forth by the environment, we can control our lives if there was an environment that allows us to freely do so. In order to be able to control our lives, people must begin to clean up the “Broken Windows.” The reason why Goetz was not able to resist shooting those four boys was because he lived in a city full of broken windows. In the “Power of Context,” “If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge” (Gladwell 237). The theory states that if somebody sees a window broken in a place where there is a high rate of crime and negative activities, then that will symbolize to whoever sees it that
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nobody actually cares that it is broken since nothing is being done about it. What Bernie Goetz
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