Obedience In A Few Good Men

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The film A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, accurately portrayed exactly how much of obedience they must show when becoming Marines, and also how authority works in the navy. It’s an everyday dilemma for people whether to stick to their morals or be submissive to their supervisors. Sometimes, people obey orders because they want to get rewards, and because they want to avoid the negative consequences of disobeying, but they also have the mind of not wanting to bad things and staying principled, all because they are human. But when it comes to Marines, they don’t seems to have options such as obedience or resistance. Inevitably, they are to follow orders from above, with unquestioning commitment. But a question that people are not answered most of the time-- how obedience should a marine be? The articles written by Doris Ann, Steve Banner, Stanley Milgram, and Philip Zimbardo question and present possible explanations on how obedient a man becomes when they are given orders by an authority figure and to what extent they would stay obedient. In the film, Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson and Pfc. Louden Downey followed the orders exactly how it was instructed to them although it certainly went against their morals, all because they were given the order. The film A Few Good Men illustrates the struggle every marine face-- to follow orders, good or bad. The film mainly revolved around the two accused marines for killing a fellow marine, Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson and Pfc.

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