Obedience, Disobedience, And Disobedience

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Obedience and Disobedience in People in Relation to “Holes” People choose how they react to authority based on several things. These include; how they were raised, how much respect they have for the authoritative power, and how that authority has treated someone. This is shown in the novel “Holes” by Louis Sachar because the main character, Stanley, is sent to a child correction camp and has to obey the upper authority Mr. Sir. He starts out being an obedient child and following all Mr. Sir’s rules but then as he begins to see the real reason he is told to dig holes in a barren desert he rebels against Mr. Sir. These acts of obedience and disobedience are then analyzed and explained by; “Milgram Experiment” by Saul McLead, “Opinions and…show more content…
The book Holes challenges this thought because even though the children, at one point or another, have done something wrong that lead them to be there it does not mean they were doing it for the wrong reasons or that they are bad people, they still have feelings and can learn to respect authority, if that authority respects them. When Zero starts to tell Stanley that he was the one that stole the shoes he says; “"We always took what we needed," Zero said. "When I was little, I didn 't even know it was stealing. I don 't remember when I found out. But we just took what we needed, never more” (Sachar 81). This quote shows how Zero was raised to disobey authority, but never knew it to be wrong, and under all that emptiness there is an actual kid who is smart and brave. So according to Brooks essay’s theory the leaders should be nice and civil human beings, but they are not. Brooks then goes on to state that “To have good leaders you have to have good followers” (594). This thought is tested in “Holes” because while Mr. Sir and the Warden are corrupt leaders at camp Green Lake they abuse their power and use fear to bend the children to their will, so have the children at one point or another. This goes to show that what
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