Captial Punishment Essay

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Heid 1 Jennifer Heid Professor Harris English 1000 29, February, 2014 Final Draft Do you think there could be another event like the holocaust due to the amount of Obedience to an Authority figure? In Philip Meyers article, “If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You?” A social psychologist named Stanly Milgram, working at Yale at the time, put his theory on obedience to the test. Milgram uses cause and effect to find his theory. Milgram uses actors to act a scene where the “ learner’ gets electrocuted by the “teacher” to show obedience to the authority figure. In addition, in Milgram’s theory of obedience, he uses “teachers,” which are the “subject” to authority. Milgram also uses “learners,” which are the students that are part of the act, and “authority,” which is the authority figure to the “ teacher” to help find the conditions of the overall effect on obedience in Milgram’s experiment. In Milgram’s Obedience to authority experiment a major cause is by the authority’s attire. Mr. Williams is the authority figure used in Milgram’s experiments. In addition, to Milgram’s experiment using Mr. William as the authority agent, he also uses “subjects” to form obedience also , “inside you will met a young ,crew-cut man in a laboratory coat who says he is Jack William’s , the experimenter”, “this other citizen seems nervous, while the two of you sit in Heid 2 chairs side by side and are told that the 4.50 checks are yours no matter what happen then you listen to jack Williams explains the experimenter” (Meyer 1,2). Not only does it give a good description of the Authority agent, but it also gives an idea how intense the situation was in the room. The atmosphere in the room sets the tone for the entire scene for Milgram’s experiment. To add, to

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