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Dalsania 1 Akash Dalsania Conard Expos 101:FG Essay 10 September 2010 Little Changes, Big Differences What affects human nature is a controversial topic. “The Power of Context” by Maclom Gladwell explains this idea using the Broken Windows theory very well. The atmosphere shapes and forms human nature. The environment of a certain area force people in that location to act a certain way. In some cases they even make mentally stable people commit crimes. To change the way people act and think these minor offenses must be ended. A Person’s character is molded by the things that go on around him. Citizens of a city in which a crime rate is high are more likely to commit a crime. The Broken Windows theory created by criminologist James Q. Wilson and George Kelling states that “If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. Soon, more windows will be broken…” (Gladwell 237). When one person commits a crime the public in that locale notices the crime and doesn’t think of it as a big deal. Then another person will create the same crime for his/her convenience. Crimes are contagious, once one person commits a certain crime that crime becomes more apparent. When this crime becomes apparent among a city more severe crimes start occurring since the population now gets the sense that the laws/rules in the city are not very strict and can be bent very easily without a punishment. Every person has the right of free will but this free will is almost restricted because a person acts the way he/she does because of his/her surroundings. If a driver wants to change lanes then he will be restricted to do so if a car is in the parallel lane. Once a crime starts it is very difficult to stop.
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Dalsania 2 Crimes are very repetitive in most cases. The epidemic theory of crime states that “crime is contagious-that it can start with a broken window and spread to an entire community” (Gladwell 238). Since people think a certain crime is ok when they see it they start committing the same crime themselves. For example if a person notices three or four people litter in a certain area that person is more prone to litter there instead of throwing something in the garbage for his/her convenience. Now instead of the first three of four people you have five people that are littering and setting bad examples.
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