Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make, Nor Iron Bars A Cage (Short Essay)

Essay No. 253:

“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone, that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.”

― Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison

Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make, Nor Iron Bars A Cage: The maxim illustrates the power of freedom, which has the potential of breaking all sorts of physical barriers. If you put a freedom lover to a prison, he would continue fluttering with the spirit of freedom.

The stone walls of a prison cannot wrest away the spirit of freedom form a person in whose veins and spirits it runs profusely. The freedom fighters are put in jails and are subjected to great torture, but they do not succumb to tyrannical pressure as the spirit of freedom keeps them alive throughout. The spirit of freedom cannot be chained by physical barriers.

A freedom-loving person would prefer to bear all sorts of agonies than giving up the freedom. In other words, neither the walls of a prison house nor the bars of a cage could enslave lovers of freedom. The freedom fighters are put in jail and are made to undergo the worst type of treatment at the hands of tyrant rulers.

The freedom struggle of India and Pakistan, presents numerous illustrious examples of sacrifice made for winning freedom from the British rule. Nelson Mandela, spent a major part of his life in jail. The rigors of imprisonment could not dampen his spirit for freedom.

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Freedom fighters in different forms, like leaders, poets prose writers who arouse the spirit of freedom among the people, often are meted out the most unkind, harsh treatment but they do not give up the struggle for freedom. Indeed they are the benefactors of mankind.

They possess a strong mind and spirit which enables them to endure torture, perpetrated on them by the tyrant rulers of the time. They reject slavery and uphold the torch of freedom. Shakespeare – a great playwright, through Cassius, a character in Julius Caesar brings home to the reader “stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron can be retentive tot eh strength of the spirit.”

Thus a true lover of freedom may prefer to die than submit to the torture, tyranny, or oppression. The iron will of the freedom lovers can weaken the strength of the stone walls or the iron bars of a cage. No pressure could subdue the freedom lovers to give up their cause. Hence after winning the freedom, it behaves the nations to behave properly for the preservation of independence.

It is through the respect for law that the independence can be maintained. Pakistani people must learn to show unfettered allegiance to law / merit and a free judiciary if they wish to reap the real fruit of independence. Let stone walls, iron bars not stand in the way of the aspiration of people to have more doses of freedom to live honorably in the world.

“Stone Walls Do Not A Prison Make, Nor Iron Bars A Cage”