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Unformatted text preview: through physical and verbal abuse from the guards. One key factor is that the guards were never told what to do and what not to do. What this shows is that humans assumed the role of their job simply by being placed on the specific environment. This shows astonishing results because it raises the question on whether humans are truly shaped by society instead of the other way around. Society shaped these individuals to act like this in this controlled environment. Even Zimbardo got carried away with the thought of being the warden of the prison and took on his role very seriously as well. When set in a powerful position, or at least one of authority, then humans might change to fit their expectations set on by others or in this case society....
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