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Theme of The Prisoner of Chillon The Prisoner of Chillon by Lord Byron is the story of a mans experience living in a dungeon This man is the narrator of the story The themes of this poem are that what youve been through makes you who you are and that a person can get attached to a certain lifestyle These themes were mainly developed by the plot The theme of The Prisoner of Chillon was developed by the plot The events that occurred in the story led to the theme being revealed at the end of the poem In the beginning a sad hopeless situation is created The narrator and two of his brothers were locked up in a dungeon They were chained to a column stone 48 which prevented them from moving a single pace 50 Soon one of the narrators brothers mighty heart declined127 and he died144 This was one of the major hardships that would shape the narrators mentality Soon after the death of one of his brothers the narrators other brother also was struck 174 with illness Gradually he withered on the stalk away 175 Shortly after he ceased to breathe 220 His brother who had just died was the narrators last care on this earth He had no earthly hope 229 Because the narrator no longer cared anymore he began to accept his situation He got used to being chained up and isolated The narrator had no cares and had no hope he lost track of days Finally when men came to set him free he had a difficult time leaving The narrator had learned to love despair 374 All of the time that he spent locked up had made him a new man He actually considered the dungeon as a second home 380 The narrator cherished his friendship with spiders and his chains He had spent so much time with these things that he became
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