Harvey’s and Milgram’s works are related because they both show how people can and will go to extreme measures when listening/obeying authority figures and how difficult it is for the majority of people to oppose authority. Many of the thought patterns that individuals had in Milgram’s experiment also match the thought patterns that the Jewish Council Members and Eichmann had in order to justify the acts committed. As Harvey mentioned, Nazis changed their vocabulary and instead of saying murder or killing, they used works such as final solution or special treatment. In the same way, the teachers called the act of shocking an experiment instead of shocking or hurting a person.
In both cases a fear of the authority figure also existed. Although the fear as Harvey mentioned, is a negative fantasy, both Eichmann and the teachers believed that negative consequences might occur if they did not obey or questioned the authority figure. Although the belief that negative consequences can occur might not be rooted in reality, the participants justify it as a possible reality. In addition, individuals justify that they were just listening to the authority figure. From a year age individuals are taught to follow what the authority figure says, especially authority figures in uniforms. For example, police officers, doctors, etc. since these individuals are seen as the experts. In both examples, the authority figure either has a white coat or uniform and participants can justify to themselves that they were only following what the authority figure and expert told them to do. It is important to note that none of the