Abuse Of Power In Elie Wiesel's Stanford Prison Experiment

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Power, law, and the role of government are necessary and crucial in maintaining justice and promoting growth in a society. But what if the people in power fail to do their role and abuse the given authority for personal interest? Elie Wiesel’s 1956 Holocaust memoir Night documents a dark period in human history where the abuse of power by a few had an irreversible effects on millions of lives. The film ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez also displays the influence of power have on people and their ways of treating others. Although Night is a memoir based on true experience and ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ is a film based on a simulated research experiment, both work expose the truth of unbalanced and misused power within a society and its enormous physical and psychological impacts on individuals of different social status. The primary victims who suffered from loss of power and maltreatment are the oppressed Jews during the Holocaust and the prisoners in the experiment. Even though they are the majority of the population in both cases, they have the least power and their basic human rights such as mobility rights and freedom of speech are stripped away. They are at the very bottom of the power pyramid. At the beginning of the experiment, a prisoner is being ordered to make his bed for no reason— an order with a sole purpose of entertaining the guard. As he is ordered to make the bed over and over again, he gradually gives up on questioning and

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