Negative Effects of Obedience Exposed in Milgram Experiment vs “The Lottery”

1052 Words Feb 26th, 2018 4 Pages
But the best part is, it can come from anything. From cultures, traditions, and rituals, to the most influential politician down to a man in uniforms. Basically the voice of authority can come from anything as long as they’re perceive as so, and being so in the end made them the scapegoats for every wrongdoings men commits. Both the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and the Milgram Experiment presents us the unconscious human nature of obedience towards what perceives to be an authority. Meanwhile the results also serves as a message to promote humanity living a conscious life instead of blindly conforming with the crowd. The following paragraphs explains how each authoritative source established itself, analysis of both “The Lottery” and Milgram Experiment, and how both pieces of work are relevant to society today. So how exactly does something becomes a culture or tradition? In the short story “The Lottery” the tradition of stoning someone to death by lottery dates back many years than the occurring one. According to Old Man Warner from the text, "’Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery,’ Old Man Warner said as he went through the crowd. ‘Seventy-seventh time.’”(Jackson), the lottery has been going on for at least eight decades if not more. Further indications includes the black box, “The black box grew shabbier each year: by now it was no longer completely black but splintered badly along one…
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