Analysis Of The Article ' The Perils Of Obedience ' Essay

1034 Words May 5th, 2016 null Page
Authority has become a powerful force that can easily alter one’s perspective of others. In the article “The Perils of Obedience”, Stanley Milgram shares his experimental study where he sets out to prove that ordinary people perform unethical tasks to the public eye. The people in the experiment are told to say aloud different words, and the learner then has to memorize and repeat them back. If the learner fails to recite the words correctly the subjects deliver a level of shock. The learner is secretively an actor who is not actually receiving shocks at all, but pretends to be in pain for the purpose of the experiment. The subjects continue to follow the authority of the experimenter even when given the chance for the experiment to end. Philip G. Zimbardo writes an article with similar takeaways titled, “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” In his experiment male college students are chosen and paid fifteen dollars a day to participate. The subjects fulfill the role of either a guard or a prisoner, and this classification is determined by the flip of a coin. Prisoners are immediately downgraded and assigned numbers in place of their own names. As a result the prisoners lose their liberty, civil rights, independence, and privacy. The guards absorb these lost entitlements by transforming them into power over the prisoners. The prisoners are warned of the potential poor treatment the guards may consign, however they are not able to handle the physiological effects from the…

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