Analysis Of The Movie ' Cool Hand Luke ' Essay

1350 Words Dec 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 film that portrays the experiences of a prisoner who refuses to adhere to the orders given to him in jail. This inmate Luke’s rebellious behaviour is in opposition with the general sense of conformity illustrated by the other prisoners. An individual can choose to conform and be obedient to authority, or to be non-compliant which can result in severe punishment. This paper will examine how conformity and obedience are strictly enforced and how non-conformity is punished in Cool Hand Luke through the social psychological themes of obedience to authority, conformity, and non-conformity. Obedience to authority is a theme that is frequently expressed through the inmates in the film. This is seen through the onerous rules that the inmates adhere to without question. These include preforming grueling physical labour, like shoveling dirt and cutting grass for lengthy periods of time in the heat (Carroll & Rosenberg, 1967). The compliance occurring in these situations are a result of who is issuing orders. Due to the agreement of shared norms, there is an endowment of power granted to certain members of society based on which role in society undertakes. In this case, since the majority of the individuals issuing and enforcing the orders are persons that work for the prison, (e.g. Floorwalker Carr and Boss Paul) a high level of authority has been granted to them by society. (Delamater & Meyers, 2010: 199). The obedience to such tasks can also be explained…

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