Appearance tends to mask what a person’s true personality really is. That is what is first noticed about a person upon meeting, but it cannot always be trusted. For one example: serial killers. Ted Bundy was known as “dashingly handsome” (Simon 23), but he was also capable of abducting and murdering twenty-four women and committing nightmarish necrophilic acts with their bodies. Society likes to think that if someone seems friendly they are much more likely to be just that, while people who look evil at first glance are interpreted to be cruel or evil. In NPR, Philip Zimbardo talks about his mock prison and how he carefully selected people who were classified as normal. He made the guards in charge of what happened that at the prison, and they would punish them according to how they saw fit. Zimbardo stated that he conducted this experiment because “that line between good and evil, which privileged people like to think is fixed and impermeable. With them on the good side and others on the bad side, [he] knew that line was movable and it was permeable.”(NPR) This was proven in the experiment; the guards were cruel and humiliated the ‘prisoners’... some of which may have been their own classmates. One of the cruelest acts these ‘guards’ committed was when it was another prisoner’s birthday. The pris...
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...l breakdowns, one by one. (NPR) The fact that these were normal college kids who had not done anything cruel in the past shows the kindness and evilness we have in us all. These kids were not cruel before the experiment, they were just pushed past that line of good and evil. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s story, Jekyll was a kind man. Jekyll, Lanyon, and Utterson were close childhood friends. Utterson had even said that Jekyll was good man and thought that Hyde had blackmailed him into getting all the money in Jekyll’s will. Jekyll had split himself into two, the good being himself while the bad being Mr. Hyde. In this second state he was capable of trampling a little girl and murdering a man single handedly. This whole idea is the very concept that man can actually have good and evil within them. This splitting just allowed Jekyll to get away with everything much easier.
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