'The Wild Beast' by Peter Mass

1286 Words Jun 9th, 2010 6 Pages
Introduction: Peter Maass is a writer for the New York Times Magazine and has reported from Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. He has written as well for The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Slate, and The New Yorker. Maass is the author of the short story “The Wild Beast” taken from the book “Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War”, in which chronicles the Bosnian War and won prizes from the Oversea Press Club and the Los Angeles Times. He currently resides in New York City.
Thesis Statement: Maass refers to the dark moments in humanity as “the wild beast,’ where inhumanity runs amok and all morality is lost. After reading this story it can be figured that Maass went as a reporter to the Balkans at
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The prisoners became dependent, helpless, and passive. On the other hand, the guards acted exactly opposite. “They became abusive and aggressive at the simulated prison, bulling and insulting the prisoners’. “After the experiment was completed, most of the guards said that they enjoyed the power. Some of the others said that they had no idea of what they were capable. Everyone in the experiment was surprised at the results as well as saying, It was degrading. The Stanford Prison Experiment took place in 1986, and even though many years had passed since Milgram’s experiment was conducted in 1963, like “The Wild Beast”, people even today still try to be on top of any situation. As students of history it is essential to recognize the true meaning of how this “wild beast” is unleashed, while giving one individual power, one will realize their true self within as all humankind. It can be avoided, only by truly recognizing this in ourselves. “The Wild Beast” account is deeply thought provoking, and the story offers much insight about how humans and their complexities of individual motivations. After many interviews with various groups such as the Muslims, Croats, and Serbs, The story reflects on the significance of the refugee’s words and actions. “What emerges is a bleak outlook on human nature, as we see people at their worst. While there are certainly

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