Perils Of Obedience Essay

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In school, many teachers or instructors might influence their student by knowing their level of obedience. Some of them might use punishment if the students didn’t follow a certain instruction or disobey the rule. On the article The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram, the experiment has huge confusion if it is successful by punishing other people with electric shock if they got wrong or disobey an instruction. If you were the student in this experiment, do you think you would face harm? Although Milgram’s experiment was unethical, his studies brought attention to human behavior that is both interesting and terrifying. Obedience is to obey orders that have been given to a person. Being obedient means that a person has to carry out tasks and orders without a choice. Stanley Milgram, an American psychologist, conducted a series of experiment. To investigate obedience, he wanted to see whether Germans were focusing obedient to command a common fact for the Nazi killings in World War II. The psychologist selected participants for his experiment by advertisement for male volunteers to take part in study of learning. The draw was fixed where the “learner” was an actor picked by Milgram, and the subject was always get to be “teacher”. The “teacher” and “learner” went to a room that contained an electric shock generator with a row of switches from 15 volts to 450 volts. The rules of this experiment, if the “learner” got a wrong answer from the questionnaire given by the “teacher”, they will punish by an electric shock. The experimenter role is to push “teacher” to continue even though they harming the “learner”. Milgram aiming that how far people which is the subject would go in obeying an instruction if it involved harming another... ... middle of paper ... ...son that stand as an authority and have powers to dictate their orders. Last evidence shown to prove that the experiment teach every people how to be an obedience with the law and obey a certain rules. Baumrind feels that the experimenter made the subject shock the victim by own will. But Milgram claims that “The experimenter tells the subject to do something. But between the command and the outcome there is a paramount force, the acting person who may obey or disobey” (Milgram 887). It means it really depend on a person if they going to obey or disobey the order even though they harming other people. For example in military, every soldiers should fight for their own country. But are they thinking about the innocent citizen? They just follow the order of a highest authority to only serve the country. Others might have traumatic experience but they need to face it.
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