Connecting Stanford Prison Experiment and Lord of the Flies

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Connecting the Stanford Prison Experiment to the Lord of the Flies “But look out the evil is in all of us” stated William Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies. This quote means; watch out, because even the sweetest have evil on the inside. Golding’s novel and the Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo, both show a very disturbing transformation of young men. Evil became trapped inside the young boys of Golding’s novel, and the young men in the Experiment. Once innocent, now turned to evils doorstep. Given the situation, when ones innocence is being tested, the evil that lives in everyone is revealed. In the Experiment, college boys were given roles to play in a fake jail, which later engulfed them. In the jail the guards became fearless and the prisoners were truly horrified. “You really became the person of your uniform” stated a guard. The guards had a hungry desire for power. They began treating the prisoners like they were the dirt on the bottom of their shoes. The prisoners lost any trace of their humanity. “I wasn’t myself, I was my number, I was prisoner 416” stated the prisoner. They became crazy. They couldn’t tell night from day, they began revolting, they acted crazy just to leave the jail, they were treated awfully, they were truly prisoners, and they knew it. The boys in Golding’s novel became lost in their roles too. Golding’s book was a battle of civilization vs. savagery. Jack and Ralph battled for power. Jack, being on the side of savagery, and Ralph, being on the side of civilization. The savaged boys were once frightened; now they transformed into the ones being feared of. The civilized boys on the island were helping each other, building shelters, trying to be rescued- working together. Ralph as complete leader and Jack leader of choir. The transitioned savages on the island killed a mother pig nursing piglets, they lost all sense of hygiene, they murdered their friends- they worked against...
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