A Cumpolsory Action in the Movie A Few Good Men Essays

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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…
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 humans, believed that authority was the key to obedience. To test his theory he developed an experiment that involved a "Teacher", a volunteer who knew nothing of the true experiment, asking questions to a "learner", an actor, and if the actor got the question wrong he would be shocked. As long as the experimenter asked them to continue most shocked the learner to the full extent of 450 volts. As Dawson, and Downey knew what they were doing would hurt Santiago, the teachers in Miligram's experiment knew they were hurting the learner, yet they all continued. How far can you go until a command goes to far? When does a command become too much to follow? The teachers in the Milgram's experiment, were not forced to continue, the experimenter did
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