The officers tend to create what is known as a “we/they syndrome”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). This relationship is mainly between the officers and the inmates. Also, it has been said that “when there is little interaction except in control situations, the adversarial nature of the relationship tends to be one of dominance and, in return, resistance is present on both sides”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). Last but not least, the officers tend to lose their capacity and become shocked by the things they see or witness in these type of prisons”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). “Over time it destroys them psychologically and brings outrage and sadism and violence and brutality”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015).
Elie Wiesel performed the speech “The Perils of Indifference” and explained his aversion for people who were not helping others in need. These authors showed how indifference in the world takes away humanity and takes away the basic rights of every human being. Both authors hope to use their literature to change how people see the victims of brutality around
Due to the negative impact prolonged solitude has on the human mind, solitary confinement should be outlawed as a form of torture. There is mounting evidence suggesting that the use of solitary confinement on prisoners is inhumane. Studies show that solitary confinement causes prisoners to develop mental and personality disorders. Mental illness often emerges in the minds of prisoners who are exposed to very little human contact. If a prisoner does not already have a mental illness, the prisoner is likely to contract one (Washington Post).
They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior; official censors, judges, and executors. That's you, Montag, and that's me. (Bradbury 28)" In “The Allegory of the Cave,” the prisoners were forced to see the shadow of objects, and had to live based off of that, and they even had to argue their view, and what they saw. In “Fahrenheit 451”, Captain Beatty casts a shadow of what life should be lived like, but Montag is in disagreement, and feels as if life should be lived
It’s Just Punishment One of the first arguments supporting solitary confinement is the idea of punishment. When prisoners misbehave while serving their sentence, they may be put into solitary confinement so as to be punished for this misbehavior. This activity may include fighting, gang violence, or even drug affiliation. Many believe that this solitary confinement will aid in the reformation of the prisoner’s character, by allowing them time to reflect on their actions, or moreover, it is the best option available when no other form of punishment is successful. “Another justifiable aim of the criminal justice system is rehabilitation or reformation of character…’It was believed that once left alone with their conscience and the Bible, prisoners would engage in inner reflection, see the error of their ways and be reformed into law abiding citizens’ ”(“13 Most”).
The ¨Stanford Prison Experiment¨ was a breakdown of the morals and rules on how people would act toward one another due to their environment, rather than how they should. The study had created more questions than answers, specifically about the darkness and lack of moral standards that inhabits the human soul. It showed that methodical abuse and denial of human rights is nothing new in prison facilities. The novel Lord of the Flies shows how easily people become dangerous depending on their situation, and how easily humans become savages when there are no definite rules. Lord of the Flies and ¨The Stanford Prison Experiment¨ have many similarities in the way they both show the effects that occur when you lose all moral standards, and lack of rules.
The author describes how language can be used to characterize this type of morality as loyalty, duty, and discipline. The use of language and its complexity is similarly described in “The Death of the Author” and how Barthes argues that the writer and his creation should be as separate as possible. Language or the use of words like “duty” and “loyalty” allow the author to understand the justification behind the teachers’ behavior. The way Barthes disassociates the author from his work, the teachers try to disassociate their emotions from their behavior. Furthermore, this experiment proved that ordinary people can easily become agents to committing terrible acts using the justification that they simply followed orders.
According to Stratton, instead of improving the harsh conditions and trying to rehabilitate and help prisoners that could lead to peace, our society inflicts more pain and punishment, enforcing a violent cycle. The only effective programs Stratton believes are helpful, are the ones that give counseling and education to prisoners. Statistically,
Our main character suffers from a “temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency” and, although can be psycho-analysed to be correct, suffers from a more intense mental illness than led on which is then perceived to be the underlying monster. With all this in mind, she is confined and removed from society by her husband and begins to lose her sanity. Even though most people would claim that the husband may be the monster, he actually does try to help her, but through what is considered outdated and obscene ways, but at the time was thought to help. She even talks about another doctor, but worse. This alludes the reader to remember the conditions of how mentally ill humans were treated and how most people would have to resort to mental institutions.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest reflects how individuals don't want to conform to certain rules that an institution wants them to follow. The novel really gets to the point when someone is pushed and pushed to follow rules that are overbearing, they crack and do the total opposite of what's expected from them. McMurphy just wants to enjoy himself and get the other patients in the ward to open their eyes and make them realize that they're being controlled by a tyrannic figure who won't let them have fun as well. The mundanity of going through the same routine is mind numbing to the point their patients' sanity turns into insanity. The mundanity may only be broken when one breaks the loop of going through the same thing every single day.
The isolation of prisoners was intended to break their spirit in order to punishment replaced their character. XXX formerly said ’Punishment, if I can speak so, should strike the soul than the body.’ ‘dance used the heavy rustication introduced by such sixteenth-century Mannerist architects as Giulio Romano to create an impression of foreboding, reinforced by walls virtually, unrelieved by windows, a deliberately inelegant articulation of the composition, and by such over symbolism as the carved chains over the entrances.’ This approach to punishment replaced what had come to be seen as the physically brutal and degrading convict system. Solitary confinement turned out to be psychologically damaging and rarely led to genuine reform.
By the narrator saying that the people in prison are “discovering” the hell out of themselves means that the people in prison are starting to go insane from the lack of freedom and constantly having their actions placed under scrutiny. Hence, this quote reflects back to the thesis because the thesis states how Peter Malae focused on explaining about the lack of freedom and surveillance in prison, the narrator describes his perusal of the people around him getting tortured and having to be conscious about their own actions in order to avoid