Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanford Prison Experiment and Lord of The Flies

When good people are put into an evil and uncivilized place the situation escalates very quickly. When people are put into a position that forces them to make decisions that could have a huge impact they dont usually think about the impact or the consequences of their actions. Situations like the Lord of the Flies and the Stanford Prison Experiment are high pressure situations and sometimes emotions trump reason like evil trumps humanity. A example of this in Lord of the Flies is when Roger and Jacks clan push the boulder down the mountain. Roger was caught up in the moment and didnt think that the rock would have killed Piggy. ¨High over head, Roger , with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all this weight on the lever.¨ In the Stanford Prison Experiment the guards would bombard the prisoners with verbal abuse and insults. This slowly provoked more violence in the prisoners. It was too late for the guards to realize what they had done before the inmates started reacting with rage and violence. In the moment the guards dont think about what they are saying or doing and these actions come back to bite them later.  

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