If you were a prisoner, would you have been able to endure the experience? What would you have done differently than those subjects did? If you were imprisoned in a "real" prison for five years or more, could you take it?
If I were to be the prisoner in the experiment, I would have not endured the experience. The circumstances would also depend, but if the situations were to be the same as the original experiment from the film, I would have definitely not been able to survive it all the way to its due date. The reasons for not able to stand the circumstances of the “experimental” prison would be that, since I know it is an experiment, I wouldn’t feel obligated to obey or to bow down to the guards. And knowing so, being bullied by the prison guards would make me feel very uncomfortable and would hurt my pride.
Several things that I can think of doing while being in the prison cell, is to be obedient and friendly as possible. Enduring everything quietly and staying out of trouble would be the action that I would take. In the film we watched the men who were obedient were rewarded with extra food, other goods, or any advantages over the disobedient prisoners. If all goes well, to be friends with the nicer prison guards if possible.
If I were to be in a real prison for five years with the same situation of having horrible bossy prison guards, I would have not been able to have a healthy mentality or physicality because of the abusing and would end up killing myself or go mentally crazy. The possible horrible treatment by the guards, the fact that I have nothing to look forward to, and the rights of my freedom taken away would kill my spirits and the experience would totally change who I am. ,