Answer to Essential Question: Why do some people standby during times of injustice while others try to do something to stop or prevent the injustice? Claim: Main reasons are, not knowing about it, not having enough ability to make change, the Bystander Effect, and thinking that the injustice doesn’t affect themselves.
In this book, many scientists worked together to create the atomic bomb, in efforts to stop an injustice, which was the Nazis. Although many people made efforts to help stop the injustice, many people did not. Out of those who did not help, there were many people willing and wanting to help. But many of those people did not know about the bomb, and even if they knew about it, they would not have enough scientific knowledge to do anything.
The bystander effect occurs when the presence of others discourages an individual from acting in an emergency situation. This means that people may not act against an injustice, as they think that someone else will do it.
This short story is an allegory of the Holocaust, and uses animals to portray how the people did not help each other when the Nazis came to take people away to concentration camps. In this story, the animals did not help each other when the Terrible Thing came. Since the terrible things came for one animal by one, the animals did not care as it was not about them. Also. since the animals were scared of the Terrible Thing, they were fearful that the Terrible thing would go after them next is they tried to stand up.
One of the most common issues where the elements that cause bystanding can be seen is bullying.