Stanford Prison Analysis

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Eshleman, on his own agenda, started out lightly picking on the prisoners. It might be safe to say that from the start, he was the only experimental guard who immediately transitioned into his power-figured role. The rest of the student guards had to experience a bit of rebellion from the prisoners in order to really begin exercising their authority (The Menace Within). However, that did not take long. The prisoners, although not intentionally mistreated by the guards on the first day, still underwent a lot of humiliation with simply the procedures of being imprisoned On the second day of the experiment, the prisoners rebelled and blocked the guards from entering their cells by pushing their beds against the cell door (The Stanford Prison …show more content…
Due to their mischievous acts, the guards stepped up their enforcing skills and from that point on, the tension grew exponentially between the powerful and powerless. The guards began controlling and punishing the prisoners at greater and unnecessarily grotesque levels, a lot of the times for no apparent reason, and the prisoners slowly began to lose hope for fair treatment, growing more distressed as every hour went by. All participants became influenced by their roles. Even Zimbardo and his crew found themselves allowing guards to command heinous things and recalled how on several occasions they were looking at what was happening in the mock prison with eyes of prison superintendents and not researchers observing behavior (Revisiting The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Lesson In The Power Of Situation). This was how the researchers came to realize just how powerful one’s circumstances could affect behavior: they found themselves caring more about running an effective prison experiment than the well-being of the …show more content…
Zimbardo specifically chose these good students and put them in an environment that was known to be chaotic and stressful in order to see how much behavior could be altered. The prison guard to prisoner relationship has never been known to be simple or respectful and choosing out 24 men who were roughly the same ages with similar backgrounds came to prove just how much prison can affect one’s mental state. The whole essential structure of prison, the superintendents, guards, and prisoners in isolation, has a way of affecting the mind into seeing things in a new way and having one’s once moral and sympathetic values become immune to cruel treatment. One of the Stanford Prison Experiments researchers, Craig Hane, points out that in both the mock prison and real prisons, being that he has gone to many real prisons since the experiment, that it is very easy to get used to seeing the terrible things that go on in the prison and accept them as a normal but that he tries hard to not get used to seeing the things that he sees consistently (The Menace Within). When unethical, harsh and control is all that is being seen by one, it is only natural that those things become the standard of

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