The Stanford Prison Experiment By Philip G. Zimbardo Essay

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“If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel” (Fromm 125). Obedience is a trait that parents instill in children to keep them safe and out of trouble. Throughout life, people realize obedience is not always the answer; however, ruling out obeying as a whole is counterproductive. In “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem”, Erich Fromm claims people fear authority, yet wish to climb the ladder to reach maximum power. In contrast, “The Stanford Prison Experiment” by Philip G. Zimbardo depicts individuals who are in charge of others, however, hate the ease in which individuals shove their morals aside. Christopher Shea, in “Why Power Corrupts”, states that power can express the best in some individuals and the worst in others. The article titled “Human Obedience: The Myth of Blind Conformity” conveys the idea that individuals begin to believe the orders given to them are the correct action to take and therefore, people become passive. John Antonakis, author of “Does Power Lead to Corruption”, explains individuals seek authority because people believe power will result in happiness. Throughout the movie, A Few Good Men, obedience is put to the test and illustrates how easily people will obey orders given from a higher authority. Although A Few Good Men portrays a military crime, its underlying assumption shows how easily people can obey orders without thinking twice, while these articles support this idea…

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