I suppose its how you actually look at 'the Prisoner' which helps you decide how or if at all, you understand what its all about and the so called meaning behind it. Patrick McGoohan once said, upon being asked why the No.6 "Six" he said "is the only number which becomes another number when inverted. Turn it upside down and it become "9" I like it for that reason. I guess "1" and "0" achieve the same effect, but "6" is far more interesting. Well so does the number 9, that makes 6 when inverted. Then there's 66, 99 666 999, which all become another number when inverted, and these numbers are but a few examples. So 6 inverted to make 9 isn't that interesting when you think about it, individual yes, but then so too are other numbers. Perhaps even more individual than names!
It has often been believed in the past that No.6 did not give his reason for his resignation. Well of course he told us, and often enough as it so happens. But McGoohan when asked why the Prisoner resigned he had this to say "He simply resigns as a matter of choice. He shouldn't have to answer to anyone. It's entirely his prerogative, his god given right as an individual, to proceed in any way he sees fit. That's the whole point of it all."
Well that's all fine and dandy, but there is no such thing as god's given right, those of a religious persuasion will no doubt argue that point. But all the same, people in positions such as that of the Prisoner, in a job of high confidentiality, top secret and above the law, cannot and must not be allowed simply to resign from that position. If they are for some strange reason allowed to leave, they are generally kept on a very short leash, watched and observed everywhere they go, until the time comes to bring them back into the fold so to speak, as what happened in the case of Callan. He was not allowed to resign from The Section. Colonel Hunter, head of The Section would rather see Callan killed than let him walk away. Such men of the calibre of Callan and the Prisoner are not simply allowed to walk free, to roam wherever they will, not with the kind of knowledge that is inside their heads. Of course anyone can resign, but the after effects all depends on the kind of work you do. And sometimes we all have to answer to someone, even if it's the woman at the job centre asking you "Why did you resign?"
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