The Perils of Obedience, by Stanley Milgram

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If a person of authority ordered you inflict a 15 to 400 volt electrical shock on another innocent human being, would you follow your direct orders? That is the question that Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University tested in the 1960’s. Most people would answer “no,” to imposing pain on innocent human beings but Milgram wanted to go further with his study. Writing and Reading across the Curriculum holds a shortened edition of Stanley Milgram’s “The Perils of Obedience,” where he displays an eye-opening experiment that tests the true obedience of people under authority figures. He observes that most people go against their natural instinct to never harm innocent humans and obey the extreme and dangerous instructions of authority…show more content…
Batta obeys the orders of the experimenter and pays no attention to the cries and complains of the learner. Batta administers all the way up to the 450 volt shock and feels glad to have helped with the experiment. Batta did not feel as though he was responsible for the life of the learner but it was his duty to finish the task at hand. This was the brutal and astonishing experiment that Milgram chose to show that some people are very obedient to anything the authority figures order. The heading of this particular section is intriguing and pulls the reader in to find out what happen in this case. He slowly builds up to the twist of the results to shock the audience. The organization of the article made the results of the experiment more unexpected, surprising and effective Milgram did a great job within his organization and ability to portray his studies to his audience. Secondly, the use of direct quotes supports Milgram’s studies. The quotes let the audience try to understand what the participants actually felt like and what they went through during the experiment. The direct quotes also help the organization of the article and make it clear and engaging. Fred Prozi says in the experiment, “I can't stand it I'm not going to kill that man in there. You hear him hollering?” The experimenter then states, “As I told you before, the shocks may be painful, but…” “But he's hollering. He can't stand
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