The Milgram 's Obedience Experiment Essay

1231 Words Oct 1st, 2014 5 Pages
The Milgram Obedience Experiment clearly proves why numerous Japanese soldiers treated prisoners, like the ones in the book Unbroken, so terribly and brutally. The Milgram Obedience Experiment begun shortly after a man named Adolf Eichmann claimed he was not to blame for the murders he committed in World War II because he was taking orders. A psychologist, Stanley Milgram, began an experimentation in order to find out if Eichmann’s claim was credible. In 1961, forty men were hired to participate in the testing of the theory that people are more likely to cause harm if ordered by a superior being. Before the testing, two men would draw straws. One would be the teacher and ask questions to the other man, who would act as a student and answer the questions. The teacher was put into a room with an official-looking man, an experimenter, who told the teacher what to do. The teacher figure had control of a shock panel, which he was commanded to use if the student, who was hooked up to the panel, answered a question incorrectly. The level shock would increase with each wrong answer. The shock level would grow high enough that the student would plead for mercy, but the teacher would be instructed by the experimenter to continue. Eventually, the teacher would reach the maximum shock amount, labeled “XXX” to represent death. By the end of the experiment, 65% of the participants would do as instructed and flip the “XXX” switch, as commanded by the experimenter. In both Unbroken and the…

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