Sample Essay

The Lucifer Effect depicts how people who are normally good and civil can be manipulated by circumstances and the environment around them to be malevolent, evil and make unethical decision which cause harm to them as well as others. Zimbardo himself depicts in the book that “The Lucifer Effect is my attempt to understand the processes of transformation at work when good or ordinary people do bad or evil things.” (Zimbardo, 2007).

The concept of  evil is elaborated by Zimbardo, who mentions that “Evil consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent other-or using one’s authority and systematic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf..” (Zimbardo, 2007) Zimbardo was successful in proving them when even good people are provided the facility, the opportunity along with the lack threat of consequences; even the good amongst us can become evil for personal gain.

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