The last day before winter holidays, in pairs, we developed an essay, about Love III or The Prison. My pair and I did the one in ‘The Prison”. This is it:
“Comment closely on how the protagonist of The Prison cannot escape from his ‘destiny“
In the story “The Prison” the protagonist, Tony/Tommy, can’t escape from his destiny on account that he follows the theory of determinism.
On the one hand,, through the theory of determinism we can see how Tony/Tommy couldn’t take his own decisions, he couldn’t act upon his thoughts. He was always doubting about if what he thought was right. Moreover, he was locked in the past, he couldn’t forget what he had done wrong before. He considered that destiny was metaphorically written, that he couldn’t get away from it. This is demonstrated when he beats off to Texas, to avoid marrying Rosa, nevertheless, when he comes back, he marries her anyway. All in all, he couldn’t control his actions and thoughts in his own life. Additionally, there are numerous quotations that demonstrate this. “…When he came back everybody said it was for Rosa and the candy store, and it was all arranged again and he, without saying no, was in it”; this quotation shows, in despite of the fact that he went as far away as he could to dodge marrying Rosa Agnello, he came back and he faced what was supposed to be, his DESTINY. “…but Rosa wouldn’t let up screaming , and later her father came in shouting that he was a criminal and chopped the machine apart with a plumber’s hammer” This quote represents that, nonetheless he took his own decision, he didn’t know it was illegal and after a while what he had done was ruined. This also expresses that his actions seemed to be written, he had a prison in his mind and he can’t express his ideas. But, when he did, everything went wrong, exhibiting his destiny.
In conclusion, the protagonist of The Prison, cannot escape from his destiny. Despite of the fact that he tried to change that situation, he always ended up being a miserable person with a tragic and gloomy life, his DESTINY.
By: Anouk Laferrère & Lucía Caviglione