Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prison vs LOTF

In both the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Lord of the Flies, civilized people are put into uncivilized situations and the outcome was not the best. People in both examples were taking advantage of power and acting inhumane. In the prison experiment, the guards went overboard and ended up hurting the prisoners. This experiment needed to be stopped when it did, if not sooner. The college kids in the test were not experienced guards or actual criminals, but when put in the situation the guards took it too far and ended up traumatizing the inmates as well as physically and mentally damaging them. In the book, The Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys, oldest being only 12, were stranded on an island with no adults for a long time. The boys decided leadership, like the guards of the prison. The chief, Ralph and the wannabe chief, Jack, get into rivals and in the end they lose, or kill 2 boys. These young British boys were most likely properly mannered, but when put in the situation, evil triumphs humanity, when they viciously kill mother pigs, and murder one of their own. When put in bad or uncivilized situations, peoples evil takes over.

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