Morality In Horror Movies

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Everybody wants to be a hero, and everyone has what it takes. No, I’m not talking about some ability to grow and become highly skilled or knowledgeable, I’m talking about the ability to obey one’s genes. In horror movies, I find myself constantly wondering why the victim would scream when the killer is right around the corner. Shouldn’t their body, their subconscious, know that it has a better chance of survival if it doesn’t scream? We can thank our species’ progression for that. Over the course of human history, we, as humans, have learned that certain actions bring reward. We scream to alert other humans that there is a danger nearby. To some, this is and was cause to flee. To others, the heroes, it was cause to help. Our genes subconsciously …show more content…
(98) She seems to put an equal stress on the two, saying that they feed off of one another to prevent action. I would propose a third factor: obedience. The experimenter told the naïve subject to obey protocol, which involved not leaving the room and not speaking out of turn. While these are rules based upon social etiquette, they carry a different weight than a few sideways glares might. Rules indicate power, and a breach of protocol might elicit a harsh response from that power. Fear may have been damning for the epileptic student, but not his own. The bystanders could have felt threatened by these rules. I have more confidence that they would break the social etiquette if the rules had not been in place. People break social etiquette more often than they break …show more content…
Upon viewing the murder, one witness called out “Let that girl alone.” (91) Darley and Latane seemed to attribute it to the bystander effect, and this most definitely has merit. However, it is conjectural. At such an untimely hour of the night, it is not likely that the residents would have thought that others would handle it. There is a reason we don’t call people at this time of night; and that is because we assume they are sleeping. Therefore, there must have been some thought process that caused these people to veer from the course of help. The next question, then, is whether it is conscious or subconscious. We know that humans are altruistic at their core, but to what extent is this masked today? We have drifted very far from primordial behavior; we have both explicit and implicit rules of conduct. Rather than functioning through instinct, we function through thought. The fact that these people could not recall their inner monologue makes me believe that they had some subconscious force that told them to not offer help. Sure, it is possible that it was the bystander effect in play, but there is too little evidence to say for certain. I’d like to know what force, what instinct, if any, caused this atrocity to

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