A Few Good Men Film Analysis

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The movie, A Few Good Men, is a portrayal of a military courtroom where Privet Dawson and Downey are on trial for killing a colleague, Private Santiago. Milgram wrote "The Perils of Obedience ", which describes his experiment where there is a teacher and leaner. The teacher, the actual subject, shocks the learner for every wrong answer. The volts of electricity start at 15 increasing to 450. Kelman and Hamilton wrote "My Lai Massacre" which recounts the trial and thoughts of Lieutenant Calley, the only officer to go on trial for the My Lai Massacre.They also analyze the three points of social processes . Milgram along with Kelman and Hamilton will try to decipher why Dawson and Downey obeyed the code red knowing that it is an unethical order by using obedience to authority and …show more content…
Dawson and Downey followed the orders of their superior. Unlike in the movie the defense of following orders did not stop prison time in real life. Lieutenant Calley was supposedly following the orders of his superior; when he was charged with the killing of the one hundred and two people, but he was only convicted of twenty two deaths, which gave him a life sentence.(Kelman & Hamiton134 ). Rod Powers is a retried Air Force First Sergeant says, "Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) makes it a crime for a military member to willfully disobey a superior commissioned officer"(Rod Powers). Rod explains why Officers Calley, Dawson, and, Downey all blindly committed to the orders of their superior. In Milgram 's experiment every day people were assigned a role. They were assigned to be the teacher and administer electric shocks up to four hundred and fifty volts to the

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