Even as people call themselves individuals and claim to do as they please, it is in their encoding to follow a simple command from a superior even if it objects their own judgement. In a simple experiment, such as that performed by Stanley Milgram, one command can make or break your own sense of self. Even if the command isn't compulsory, as seen by the marines in the movie A Few Good Men, orders can be extremely hard not to follow. A Few Good Men depicts the court case of two marines, Private First Class Louden Downey and Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson, who had been ordered to perform a "Code Red" on a fellow marine, Private First Class William T. Santiago. Stanley Miligram, a 1970's psychologist who wanted to test obedience in …show more content…
I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I will not dishonor myself, my unit, or the Corps so I can go home in six months... Sir (Reiner, Rob)." The code meaning that they would protect in that order. If one marine was slacking, it would affect the entire unit. Without the unit, they could not follow the order. So it was Dawson, and Downey's job to train Santiago, a marine who was failing in his duty, as ordered by Col. Nathan Jessep. This order was known as a "Code Red", an unofficial illegal order by someone to train a marine who is falling behind. It is not stated anywhere in the marine handbook, it is just known. As Milgram would say it is because Jessep was seen as an authority figure, and that was why the boys followed the order. It is also know, that a good marine is to follow orders. It is instinct that they follow orders, being a marine is hard worker and listening not matter the consequence could save lives. It is instilled into them to act first, think later. This is exactly what Downey and Dawson did. They were given the code red, and followed the order. Whether they meant to kill Santiago or not, they were to follow the order and to train him to become a better marine. Milgram would have stated that in the situations the safety of the men, and of the country would relay on these men. Thus they would listen to
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No matter if you stay in for one enlistment or two, the depth of the Marine Corps is unknown so knowledge will continuously flow and it is endless. All Marines get taught the basics of being a leader in entry level training, but only a few can react to help form their trait into an elite skill only for them. In order to become the elite you have to build a "Foundation of Values" (pg.31) so that respect in all aspects will become evident between the followers and their leader(s). While setting the example it does not matter what rank you are, you still show that the standards that you hold will reflect on who you are as a person and a Marine. Each Marine chooses how their standards and ways will become beneficial not only to the Marine Corps, but to themselves also. Why do ethics make conducting a moment of decision making so hard? At some point and time every Marine will come to a point in their career or life where the grey area will be the path they choose, but will not think that it is the right way. Moral and ethic dilemmas are common more and more each day. Every Marine is taught to be the toughest both physically, and mentally.
The motion picture A Few Good Men challenges the question of why Marines obey their superiors’ orders without hesitation. The film illustrates a story about two Marines, Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson and Private First Class Louden Downey charged for the murder of Private First Class William T. Santiago. Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, who is known to be lackadaisical and originally considers offering a plea bargain in order to curtail Dawson’s and Downey’s sentence, finds himself fighting for the freedom of the Marines; their argument: they simply followed the orders given for a “Code Red”. The question of why people follow any order given has attracted much speculation from the world of psychology. Stanley Milgram, a Yale psychologist,
Among these leaders was Bravo Company’s 1st platoon’s SFC Robert Gallagher. The platoon endured terrible living conditions including no running water and filthy living space. These inadequate living conditions must be met with some relaxation on the standards they were expected to follow. Company leadership viewed this as a bribe to keep the soldiers in high spirits. In reality, they set the stage for the erosion of the morals the enlisted soldiers are supposed to possess. While the morals were being chipped away, so was the original plan the battalion had hoped to follow. Fragmentation orders became a pseudo-standard for the boys of Bravo Company. What had originally started as short-term overnight patrol bases turned into fortified traffic control points with the exception of any form of fortification other than in notion only. Despite the fact that platoon-level leadership requested for supplies they were repeatedly turned down. A major breakdown in the communication between the leadership created a loss in faith in the higher leadership for the lower-enlisted soldiers on the ground. Very soon into deployment, Bravo Company began to experience contact with unseen enemy forces. The enemy was able to engage and plant IED’s and cause casualties while remaining elusive. After the first few casualties within the company, the mission to start set up traffic control points was to begin. While conducting patrols down the road time and time
Everyday, people are forced to face with vicious circle of decisions: whether to stick to their morals or obey the authority figure. But it’s a fact that people have a propensity to obey authority, more than to preserve their own morals. A Few Good Men is a film that illustrates the struggle every marine faces-- to follow orders, good or bad. But why would marines follow the orders without hesitation if that order questions the principles they live by? Because the orders in the navy are meant to follow all for the reason of making everyone in Navy into good marines and to be strong enough to defend the nation. It required unquestioning commitment and obedience to orders. The articles, “The Perils of Obedience” by Stanley Milgram and “The
A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama directed by Rob Reiner. The story follows the court-martial of two U.S. Marines, who are charged with the murder of a fellow marine and the problems faced by the lawyers, of the accused, while preparing their defenses. The Marines are on a murder trial for carrying out a “code red” order. The movie refers to “code red” as a type of extrajudicial punishment used for an alleged crime or offense, which is carried out without a legal procedure.
After the venting session was complete, Colonel Cord moved the meeting forward to the situation of Colonel MacKenzie and the two men were surprised about the amount of support and respect they garnered among the special operations community. First, on the agenda, Colonel Cord covered the promotion list and described in detail Jackson’s arrest and subsequent flight home that almost killed him. These incidents shocked the officers, and they wondered how someone could get away with denying a wounded man medical treatment. Due to their knowledge of classified special operation missions and how they were carried out, none of the officers present accepted the army’s fabrication of lies because it didn’t fit with Jackson’s record of service and after
In reading Anybody’s Son Will Do, I found out that U.S. Marines are somewhat heartless when it comes to socializing their recruits. And they normally get very young guys to join them as the text says; “There recruits usually have no more than twenty years’ experience of the world, most of it as children, while the armies have had all of history to practice and perfect their techniques” (27). In saying this Gwynne Dyer is saying that the armies have perfected getting young men and basically brainwashing them, while the young men go to the military for other reason as they are basically just beginning to experience the world as human beings. Dyer also started this story off with a quote from a solider who was disgusted after he killed a Japanese soldier who was trying to kill him as the text says: “I felt remorse and shame. I can remember whispering foolishly, “I’m
Omniscient point-of-view is used is the primary POV for each fight, except for two breaks from this pattern in scenes #2 and #4. In #2, the fight is shown from an omniscient POV until Jake lands his KO hit, which we see from his opponent’s POV. With #4, we again see the fight in an omniscient POV until the point in the fight in which both Jake and Sugar Ray are tired, where we see each character’s POV of each other until Sugar Ray defeats Jake and it returns to an omniscient POV.
The representation of female lawyers in movies is perceived negatively, and greatly differs from the representation in television series. The film, A Few Good Men, follows a military case involving marines in Cuba. The culture of the movie is already biased in the sense that the setting is dominated by men. The introduction of Lt. Cdr. Joanne Galloway, the female lawyer, offers another dynamic to the strategy of the case, as well as the plot of the film. Her role and interaction with other characters in the case can be examined to demonstrate how movies can negatively and positively display women lawyers.
Considering the vast amount of insurgency in Anbar and the minuscule ratio of marines to terrorists, Campbell had to demonstrate a fierce leadership amongst his men to protect their lives and the lives of the innocence. Throughout the first few chapters, he had a dire task to train new recruits for a fast approaching deployment to the most hostile environment, but to understand his situation, he had to take young Marines that just came out of high school to fight a war. It could be quite a discouraging circumstance for the Marines as they have zero live combat experience, and they had to entrust in a commanding officer who himself was also young with negligible experience of combat. For Campbell, his dedicated goal was to be an outstanding leader for his men and protect them by every means necessary. To build such respect amongst his men, he "wanted [his] Marines to know that [he] would, and could do anything [he] asked them to do" (21) by hiking alongside with them while carrying 60 to 70 pounds of military gears. Without a doubt, this is a defined characteristic of a true leader because he doesn't expect others to do what he cannot and place himself equal to his men; as a result, the Marines respected him highly and obeyed his authority with
The movie was filmed with a strong feminist perspective, a focus that director Maria Luisa Bemberg excelled in. It is true that the patriarchy has assumed power for centuries, but to have to females in this film defy it so outrightly was refreshing (a sense of “girl power” if you will). There was a pattern of females in her family that were outspoken. It was implied that Camila’s grandmother was being punished for doing something considered leftist and had the choice of either spending the rest of her life on the farm or face prison. What I loathed was how Camila’s father wouldn’t properly take care of his own mother. He kept her confined in a room and was more prideful about his reputation than the woman who gave birth to him and raised him. Yet it was clear that Camila was a liberal thinker early on in the movie. For one, she said that she would “have to invent many sins” in order to continue to confess to Father Gutiérrez. It showed that she was willing to do whatever, including going against
It is also said that Santiago was not in good health and was seeking a transfer. This decision his platoon commander did not agree with and has a discussion about Santiagos training with his senior, Colonel Jessup. This action makes the audience question if this training could be the code red that took his life. Jessups dilemma is whether he should transfer the private or not. He subjected two marines to a trial that may end their careers as Marines. The marines find themselves facing their own dilemma because they did not take responsibility, although they were given direct orders, they should have defended a helpless person. The outcome of Santiagos life is partly their responsibility. In the movie, the truth begins to come out about who is to blame for Santiagos death. Is it the one that gave the order or those who carried out the order they were given. Lt Kaffe realizes that Jessup is to blame, and holds him responsible. This could put his career at risk, also his name. In the trial, Jessup is on the stand, and Lt Kaffe must prove that he indeed gave the order for code red. No evidence proves these accusations, and Kaffe must find the evidence or this could mean his career ending in disgrace with the military. Once Kaffe starts to grill him, Jessup admits that he gave the code red order. He defends his actions by stating that he had every right to give this order because of the defense of the system. He thinks that he is helping
The Marine follow on force consisted of the entire Marine Company; they had pulled, temporarily, the Marine platoon from the school to help with this operation. The SEALs would leave at 0415 and they were itching to go, they were actually looking forward to it. The Marines in armored Humvees and two-half ton trucks, the old M-35’s, would follow thirty
In A Few Good Men, director Rob Reiner portrays the court case of two Marines named Dawson and Downey on trial for the murder of another Marine named William Santiago. Santiago was killed due to a code red ordered by Kendrick and Jessep, but Dawson and Downey felt that they were innocent because they were just following orders. The same situation arises in “The Perils of Obedience,” by Stanley Milgram. Milgram believes that everyone feels inclined to be obedient, but not hold responsibility. He proves this by including an experiment where one would only continue administering shocks if they were told they were not being held responsible. This experiment shows that even when the one administering the shocks can hear the screams of pain they continue. This indicates that many people are trained to be submissive when an authority figure demands that they do something. In A Few Good Men, Dawson and Downey were told to dehumanize Santiago, and the prisoners in “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” by author Philip G. Zombardo were dehumanized by the guards using many tactics such as numbers instead of names and embarrassing clothing. Zombardo states that one will immediately become obedient when in the presence of an authority figure. The prisoners lost all of their own unique identities and became submissive to the guards. In the movie it is shown that soldiers are very likely to follow orders and perform them seemingly without hesitation. In “The My Lai Massacre: A Military Crime