Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanford Prison Experiment Comparison

When good people are put into evil or uncivilized scenarios or situations, they tend to become more savage. Good examples of this are found in Lord of the Flies and the Stanford Prison Experiment. In chapter 11 of Lord of the Flies, Piggy, Ralph, and Samneric go to the hunters home at Castle Rock to try to negotiate to get Piggy's glasses and their fire back. When they get up there, Ralph begins to speak to the hunters, asking for Jack. Jack comes back from hunting and he and Ralph begin to argue their respective cases to each other. The violence begins, and before you know it those two were battling to no end, Jack with his spear, and Ralph with his fists. Another member of the tribe, Roger, who was sat on top of Castle Rock, then pulls a lever, releasing a boulder, that rolls down and strikes Piggy off of the cliff, effectively killing him. The fighting between Ralph and Jack came to a sudden halt in awe of what had just happened. That proves that the hunters, who were good people before being deserted on an abandoned island, easily became savage, since there were no rules to follow. Similarly to the occurrences in Lord of the Flies, the Stanford Prison Experiment had good people turn bad. In the experiment, college students of Stanford University were placed into a staged prison scene with students playing the roles of both prisoners and guards. Although the students got to choose what their role would be, it wasn't long before people started acting out. The guards began to let their power go to their heads and abuse it. They made the prisoners do unnecessary tasks, such as cleaning their rooms after they already did, all because they messed them up again. The resulting actions from the prisoners weren't much better, they began attacking the guards and ended up getting put in solitary confinement for their actions. Prisoners began to go crazy in there, pounding on the door and scratching at it. The experiment was meant to last for two weeks, but got cut to only six days after the professors witnessed what was going on. Once again the fact that there were no rules impacted the behavior of the guards, which ended up affecting the behavior of the prisoners.

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