Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does Humanity Win Against Evil, Or Does Evil Triumph?

So what happens when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place; does humanity win against evil, or does evil triumph? Well, from the Stanford Prison Experiment, college students were placed into two groups: the guards and the prisoners. The experiment would last two weeks. But, the experiment only lasted six days due to what the experiment was doing to the students. They were all good kids, but once they were placed into those groups, that's when things started going differently. It seemed like the power was going to the guards's heads and started to treat the prisoners badly. They all knew that this was an experiment, but given the situation, forgot that. They were supposed to not harm or physically hurt each other, but did after time of abuse. The prisoner put his hand on the guard's throat and backed him up against the wall, and the guard hit him with his baton and that's when they've lost their humanity. So from this example, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil triumphs.
 In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, kids ranging from ages 6 to 12, all boys, got stranded on an island. Unlike the Stanford Prison Experiment, the boys didn't know how long they were going to be on the island, and when they would be rescued. Over time, the boys have turned from civilized to more savage. Near the final chapters of the book, you can see how the boys have become more savage, and how it got two people killed. So like the Stanford Prison Experiment, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil in the end does triumph.

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