Monday, May 1, 2017
Prison Break and Philosophy Richard Beattie Second Installment
Prison Break and Philosophy
Prison Break is one of the best shows ever made and the main character Michael Scofield has one simple philosophy, break out of prison by any means necessary. Michael Scofield is almost like Batman because with prep time he can accomplish what many people might deem to be impossible (FYI: Batman is not a real superhero). Michael Scofield uses whatever tools are around him to help him accomplish his goals no matter if he is scared or in bind. There are a few instances where he allows us to peer into his mind and let us know some of his personal philosophies. One of his philosophies was, “you know, we spend so much of our lives not saying the things we want to say, the things we should say. We speak in code and we send little messages. So now, plainly, simply, I want to say that I love you both very much.” He spoke in code that was hard for the police to decipher the entire shoe, but it turns out that he believes that people should always speak clearly and tell what is on their mind. He is not concerned with being afraid because that will only hold him back from breaking out of prison, where danger could be behind any corner, and he states “When I was a child, I couldn’t sleep at night because I thought there was a monster in the closet. But my brother told me there isn’t anything there but fear. And fear wasn’t real. He said it was not made of anything. It was just air, air. Not even that. He said you just have to face it. You just have to open that door, and the monster would disappear.” If one does not believe something is a danger towards them, then there is no need to be afraid (in most instances, you should always be afraid of lions, tigers, and bears don’t count).
Throughout all of his trials and tribulations he was able to avoid getting caught no matter how many times he was double crossed. As long as he kept his faith he knew that one day be free and finally able to rest. Another character Theodore Bagwell, who could be seen as one of the main antagonists states, “we are captives of our own identities, living in prisons of our own creation.” Every person has their own battles within and the way that people perceive us on the outside can be very different from how we view ourselves. It can be said that a person’s first impression can cause how they view us later. This series had many tonal shifts and twists and turns that keep you constantly on edge, which is why many people love it. The characters provide their own personal anecdotes that help you peer into their unique way of thinking.