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The Dividing Lien of Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Plato’s allegory of the cave, located in Book VII of The Republic is one of the most famous allegories in which he has created. This simile touches base on a number of philosophical ideas which Plato developed over the progression of The Republic (Plato, G.M.A Grube, 1993), the most noticeable being the dividing line. The dividing line is the point between the world of ideas where we live and the world of the forms which is in the heavens. This allegory of the cave helps people understand the theory on which philosophy is based....   [tags: Plato, Allegory of the Cave, analysis] 2640 words
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Plato's The Allegory of the Cave - Plato's The Allegory of the Cave In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” he suggests that there are two different forms of vision, a “mind’s eye” and a “bodily eye.” The “bodily eye” is a metaphor for the senses. While inside the cave, the prisoners function only with this eye. The “mind’s eye” is a higher level of thinking, and is mobilized only when the prisoner is released into the outside world. This eye does not exist within the cave; it only exists in the real, perfect world. The “bodily eye” relies on sensory perceptions about the world in order to determine what is reality....   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Essays]
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The Allegory of the Cave by Plato - The Allegory of the Cave by Plato      "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato, explains that people experience emotional and intellectual revelations throughout different stages in their lives. This excerpt, from his dialogue The Republic, is a conversation between a philosopher and his pupil. The argument made by this philosopher has been interpreted thousands of times across the world. My own interpretation of this allegory is simple enough as Plato expresses his thoughts as separate stages. The stages, very much like life, are represented by growing realizations and newfound "pains." Therefore, each stage in "The Allegory of the Cave" reveals the relation between the growth of the mind an...   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Philosophy Essays] 1122 words
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The Allegory of the Cave and Dante - The Allegory of the Cave and Dante “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” This maxim applies to the poet Dante Alighieri, writer of The Inferno in the 1300s, because it asserts the need to establish oneself as a contributor to society. Indeed, Dante’s work contributes much to Renaissance Italy as his work is the first of its scope and size to be written in the vernacular. Due to its readability and availability, The Inferno is a nationalistic symbol....   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Dante Essays] 1237 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - ... The trapped human finally comes to terms with what is reality and accepts it, then wants to free the other people in the cave. The allegory of the cave has kept people interest throughout the years and can be seen in many modern works such as movies like The Truman Show and The Matrix. The Matrix is just like the allegory of the cave because these people are trapped in a world that is being manipulated by others, and the trapped believe everything they see to be the absolute truth. Just like the allegory of the cave a man comes and frees Neo by showing him the true world....   [tags: Plato's Republic] 917 words
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Dissonance from the Allegory of the Cave by Plato - ... They do not understand things in the way that I do now, and think every fact I have told them is unproven and untrue. I will provide love and support for my nieces and nephew in any way I can, and the rest is out of my control. My next question was a result of drifting from my extended family. Normally I can call my mom or dad and ask for money any time we are in serious need. However, recent disagreements between myself and my verbally abusive father have led me to cut all contact with him I do not want my child exposed to his irrational behavior....   [tags: Plato's Allegory, philosophical analysis] 706 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - The Allegory of the Cave or also known as, Myth of the Cave, is a good example of explaining the feature of the way people think. It is a concept that demonstrates how humans are fearful of change and what they don’t know. Plato says that men are living in an underground cave and it is a situation. The Allegory of the Cave is Plato's explanation of the education of the soul toward enlightenment. Plato talks about being free, everyday life, knowledge, and essentially what he wrote to be true. I think that he was very unique with his writings because there are so many ways to look at the world and his way was just one....   [tags: Philosophy] 1596 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - The allegory of the cave is a philosophical writing in art form of allegory. The main idea of this story is realism. Moreover, Plato wants to explain to us in what we make mistakes and how we are able to misunderstand what life is. Socrates said: “Let show me how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened.” There are two ways how we can comprehend this story. Firstly, Plato desired to show that we might not figure out true reality, how Socrates said: “Human beings living in underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den”, as an example, we may say that we are unenlightened, and when somebody understands some new things we do not believe him and...   [tags: Plato's philosophy] 629 words
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Toni Cade Bambara’s The Lesson in the Cave - Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” in the Cave In “The Allegory of the Cave,” Plato describes the cave as very dark with chained people inside and a wall where they can only see shadow illusions, which they believe is reality. Outside the cave, there is “light” and “truth.” One chained person is released into the “light,” which is uncomfortable at first, because of how bright the “light” or “truth” is however, once he adjusts, he realizes the outer world is the “truth” or reality and the cave is a shadow of reality....   [tags: truth, allegory of the cave] 1643 words
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Analysis of Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Analysis of Plato's Allegory of the Cave Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" presents a vision of humans as slaves chained in front of a fire observing the shadows of things on the cave wall in front of them. The shadows are the only "reality" the slaves know. Plato argues that there is a basic flaw in how we humans mistake our limited perceptions as reality, truth and goodness. The allegory reveals how that flaw affects our education, our spirituality and our politics. The flaw that Plato speaks about is trusting as real, what one sees - believing absolutely that what one sees is true....   [tags: Papers Plato Allegory Perspectives Essays]
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The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave by Plato - The Matrix and the cave There are numerous similarities between The Matrix and “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave” has prisoners of the cave that are unable to move and only able to see what passes over their cave and there is one prisoner that is freed (Plato, circa 380 BC). The Matrix has humans trapped inside of the matrix. (Silver Pictures & Wachowski Brothers, 1999). The main character is Neo. Neo represents the prisoner from Plato’s cave that was freed. Neo woke up to a reality that was not easy to understand....   [tags: prisoners, humans, perception, reality]
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The Allegory of The Cave, by Plato - Plato’s logical strategy in the allegory of the cave is of deductive reasoning. Plato uses a cave containing people bound by chains which constrict their neck and legs in such a way that they are unable to turn around and there is a fire roaring behind them casting shadows on the wall. Since the prisoners cannot turn their heads to see what is casting the shadow the only thing they can perceive are the shadows and the sounds that seem to becoming from them. This is what Plato argues in the allegory of the cave “To them, I said, the truth would literally be nothing but the shadows of the images.”(The Allegory of the Cave Plato)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rhetoric]
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A View into the Allegory of the Cave - In the time of the Greek Empire, when they defined themselves as the world power, the creation and development of sciences both physical and social were in a revolution. One notable science that saw strides of development were the sciences of philosophy, a system of logic, debate and desire for wisdom. The most noted and heard of these men was the formidable Aristotle, but the importance here is in a student, Plato. Plato was an idealistic philosopher, who saw beyond physical constraints of life into his higher beliefs of formless ideas being a truth of life and reality....   [tags: Plato's Philosophies, Greek Empire] 839 words
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The Allegory of the Cave by Plato - ... The comfort of the perceived and the fear of the unrecognized would either force the prisoner to return back or to climb out of the cave and step into the sun. In this case, it is the outside world the prisoner chooses and begins his steep ascent of the cave. After the prisoner climbs out of the cave and steps into the sun, Socrates continues on to explain the prisoner’s fear and blindness to the objects he was now being told were real. A person’s natural reaction would be to realize the shadows and reflections for what they are....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 902 words
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Reality of the Shadows: The Allegory of the Cave - Philosophers are often tempted to find out the hidden meanings behind the apparent reality. A lot of valuable contributions to that particular philosophical topic were made by Plato. Much of contemporary philosophy is still being based upon what he had left behind. Also, many other themes developed by philosophers can be related to Plato`s vision of reality and form. William Goulding in his essay, ‘Thinking as a Hobby’ assigns three grades to thinkers based on their understanding of the world and their perceptions of truth....   [tags: philosophy, Plato, Goulding]
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Jumping Mouse - Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Jumping Mouse Truth is like trout. Slippery, it becomes difficult to grasp tightly in any attempt to catch it, and is even more difficult to show to other people, in that when one holds it up for scrutiny it is often lost in the struggle to do so. "Jumping Mouse" and Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" have a common theme in the form of the search for truth, and showing this truth to the unenlightened. They vary greatly, however, in the carrying out of their exposure of truth, and more, their view of truth and how it is to be handled....   [tags: Allegory Jumping] 1221 words
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Plato is one of the most iconic authors in the history of philosophy. Even today, his words live strong in modern thinking and society. He was a highly spoken citizen of Athens (Kraut, 2013). His input in the politics and the society of Athenian life made him a major player in the success of democracy in ancient civilization (Kraut, 2013). Being one of the first real “philosophers” in history, Plato was looked up to by scholars of that time, as well as current philosophers of our time. His most influential work of writing is The Republic where he makes many assumptions while also including ideas and conversations with other thinkers of the time like Socrates and Thrasymachus (Kraut, 2013)....   [tags: history of philosophy] 1411 words
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave - In society today most people live by what is call “social norms”, most people follow these norms and some choose not to follow them. Social norms are certain things in life that everyone does to be accepted by their co-workers, family, friends and even strangers. Some may feel that they have to live by these norms to get through life without being rejected and to be known as a “normal” person, hence the word “norm”. If a person were to stray from this path and just do what they felt like doing and do what made them happy as an individual, would they be criticized....   [tags: social norms, underground, women]
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Plato's Allegory of The Cave - ... This illusion had sounds and echoes of real words and voices. Socrates was described in the dialog as very brave and different he even informed other prisoners that the cave was a prison house to capture their souls. And that there is more to gain outside of the cave. According to Socrates none of the prisoners wanted overcome the cave and to be free they were fed and had no idea of the outside world beyond the cave walls. The prisoners seemed to be comfortable and happy in the cave. They had rules and regulation to abide by and could not even think for themselves....   [tags: society, people. literary analysis] 745 words
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is the most significant and influential analogy in his book, The Republic. This thorough analogy covers many of the images Plato uses as tools throughout The Republic to show why the four virtues, also known as forms, are what create good. The “Allegory of the Cave”, however, is not one of the simplest representations used by Plato. Foremost, to comprehend these images such as the “divided line” or Plato’s forms, one must be able to understand this allegory and all of its metaphors behind it....   [tags: Plato's Theories, Human Life]
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Platos Allegory of the Cave - ... The outside world is beautiful and real. He accepts his new reality and gain knowledge through critical thinking. Once the man returns to the cave, he finds it hard to adjust back to the darkness. He remembers the past and the incentives given if he guessed the shadows correctly. He sits back with the prisoner and begins to play the game again. He loses because he could not see what the shadows meant. He shares to the other prisoners but they do not believe him. The other prisoners could not see what was wrong about the shadows....   [tags: philosophy, conformity and dogmatism ] 1101 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - The Allegory of the Cave Plato was born in 427 B.C. and died in 347 B.C. He was a student of Socrates and during his studies wrote a complex and vivid book entitled “The Republic.” In it are numerous dialogues, which are a collection of Socrates teachings. One of the fables included is “The Allegory of the Cave.” This story is Plato’s explanation of the development of the soul toward enlightenment. He uses an analogy of hidden intricacies to describe a cave and what it would be like for an individual who has never seen anything but the cave, emerge to the surface and experience a new world....   [tags: Papers] 500 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - The Allegory of the Cave Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is the most comprehensive and far-reaching analogy in his book, The Republic. This blanket analogy covers many of the other images Plato uses as tools through out The Republic to show why justice is good. The Allegory of the Cave, however, is not the easiest image that Plato uses. First, one must understand this analogy and all of it’s hidden intricacies, then one will be able to apply it to the other images Plato uses such as the Divided Line, or Plato’s Forms....   [tags: Papers the republic socrates plato] 1971 words
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The Allegory of the Cave - In Plato's Republic, the great philosopher describes what is needed to achieve a perfect society. He addresses several subjects still debated in today's society, such as justice, gender roles, and the proper form of education. He discusses these issues through his main character, Socrates. Socrates, another well-known philosopher for his time, happens upon a group of men, and what begins as a modest question, leads into a series of debates, metaphors, and allegories. Perhaps the most discussed allegory in today's popular culture is the Allegory of the Cave....   [tags: Plato's Republic] 1888 words
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Allegory of the Cave - What is truth. What is the truth, of what truth is. There are many answers to this question. Each answer may lie different, inside of each person. Only you know what truth is to you. In this essay I will describe what truth is to me, how I verify truth, and whether I believe truth to be good or bad. I will then compare and contrast my idea of truth, to that of Plato’s truth, from his ideas in “Allegory Of The Cave.” First of all we have, what is truth to me. Well for my definition of truth we can turn right to Mr....   [tags: essays research papers] 955 words
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Exploring Change in The Allegory of the Cave, and The Myth of Sisyphus - Exploring Change in The Allegory of the Cave, and The Myth of Sisyphus         The Allegory of the Cave, and The Myth of Sisyphus, are both attempts at explaining some aspect of the way people think or why humans do as observed. Both stories illustrate the same idea:  without necessary and proper exposure to change, thinking is limited and ignorance is the direct product.   The Allegory of the Cave is a parable that demonstrates how humans are afraid of change and what they do not know.  In this work, Plato suggests a situation in which men are living in an underground cave.  The one entrance is located near the top and there, a burning fire casts shadow.  The men of the cave are chaine...   [tags: Allegory Sisyphus]
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Analysis of The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, and Dualism - ... This glimpse into Plato’s teachings will include an explanation of the “Allegory of the Cave,” and some thoughts on whether dualism exists or Plato is wrong in his claim that reality is beyond the material world. Plato’s allegory of the cave is an example of what Plato deems “the accent of the mind to true knowledge.” In the parable, the prisoners at the bottom of the cave represent the obliviousness of humans to what Plato believes constitutes true knowledge. What they judge to be reality is only a shadow depicted on the wall of the cave....   [tags: Knowledge, Light, Philosophy]
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Skepticism in The Film Matrix and The Allegory of The Cave - ... Descartes points out that by believing he is sitting by the fire is no different than an insane man thinking he is of monarch status when is his actually poor (Descartes, 1641). The Matrix, Plato, and Descartes share similar views that the world around us could be faked and there would be no way to prove or disprove it. Neither The Matrix nor “The Allegory of the Cave” shed light on whom or what could be casting these illusions of not living a real life other than showing the computer program is controlling the people in The Matrix and the puppeteer in Plato’s tale....   [tags: plato, descartes, belief]
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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and The Matrix - The Republic is considered to be one of Plato’s most storied legacies. Plato recorded many different philosophical ideals in his writings. Addressing a wide variety of topics from justice in book one, to knowledge, enlightenment, and the senses as he does in book seven. In his seventh book, when discussing the concept of knowledge, he is virtually addressing the cliché “seeing is believing”, while attempting to validate the roots of our knowledge. By his use of philosophical themes, Plato is able to further his points on enlightenment, knowledge, and education....   [tags: compre contrast] 2260 words
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Perceptions of Reality - The basic premise of Plato’s allegory of the cave is to depict the nature of the human being, where true reality is hidden, false images and information are perceive as reality. In the allegory Plato tells a story of a man who is put on a Gnostics path. Prisoners seating in a cave with their legs and necks chained down since childhood. They are chained in such a way that they cannot move or see each other, only look into the shadows on the wall in front of them; not realizing they have three dimensional bodies....   [tags: George Orwell, Nature of Humanity ] 930 words
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Applying Socrates´ The Allegory of the Cave" to Life - ... At first he'd most easily make out the shadows; and after that the phantoms of the human beings and the other things in water; and, later, the things themselves. And from there he could turn to beholding the things in heaven and heaven itself, more easily at night—looking at the light of the stars and the moon—than by day—looking at the sun and sunlight." (516a). Also, he explains how the prisoner will go through the hardship and pain but he will benefit by having the knowledge of what is around him and achieve the highest reward of knowing what the sun is, understanding his surroundings and knowing what life is....   [tags: Knowledge, Education]
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The Concept of Mimesis in Plato's Allegory of the Cave - ... In any rate, both the shadows and the bridge with the people walking past that cast the shadow are merely representations of a true reality. In the passage, one prisoner is set outside, into the sun (as described on page 451-452) and gets to see what is going on outside. The reality the prisoner believed in, the shadows on the wall cease being accurate as he realizes it is mimicry. The idea that mimesis can often take the role of reality is seen by how the prisoners still chained to the wall accept the shadows as reality, or an acceptable substitute....   [tags: art, media, false, reality] 1173 words
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The Allegory of the Cave by Socrates and The Republic of Plato - In my paper I will address the interdisciplinary relationship between the Western philosopher Socrates’ in the Allegory of the Cave, an excerpt from Republic by Plato, and the Eastern mystic Paramhamsa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. I will examine Yogananda’s Autobiography through the Platonic monocle and reason on why there are flaws in the allegory and how that can be corrected by adopting bifocals that combines both. The objective of this is to inspect, delve, and widen Socrates’s perspective that there are extra factors that relate to the steps that lead up to the light....   [tags: autobiography, prisoners, philosophy]
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The Matrix and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Unable to know any better, people’s blindness to the truth about their existence throughout the ages has been relative to the questioning of reality. We search but are unable to the see the truth through the illusion that the world before us has portrayed. One might ask, how do we know what is real and what is simply illusion brought by our subjective view of the world. But when attempting to understand the nature of our existence, about why we are here, the complexities of life often make it difficult to interpret this subject....   [tags: reality, sci-fi movies, truth]
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The Prisoners in Plato's Allegory of the Cave - ... In reference to Plato's Cave, they facilitate who gets the incentives and who gets punished. They don't question capitalism and consumerism. Chances are they don't really know what it is. The reason is because they are only following orders. They can move around to facilitate the prisoners but they are have not looked at the fire. Their backs are still facing the fire. If they had turned to face the fire, they would have escaped the cave. There are no feelings here. To them, happiness, love, and compassion are a nuisance to their roles....   [tags: the bourgeoisies, capitalism, consumerism] 1110 words
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The Allegory of the Cave?? in Different Perspectives - ¡§The Allegory of the Cave¡¨ in Different Perspectives ¡§The Allegory of the Cave,¡¨ written by Plato, is an interpretation of a conversation between Socrates, Plato¡¦s mentor, and Glaucon, one of Socrates students. ¡§The Allegory of the Cave¡¨ can be interpreted several different ways. Imagine men in a cave chained up by their necks and legs, forcing them to only look forward at a wall. An opening behind them lets the light in. Above the burning fire and chains, there is a road. Have these chained men ever seen anything else of themselves or others beyond the cave¡¦s shadows made by the fire....   [tags: essays research papers] 1912 words
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Analysis of The Allegory of the Cave by Plato - An Analysis of "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato The Allegory of the Cave is Plato's explanation of the education of the soul toward enlightenment. He sees it as what happens when someone is educated to the level of philosopher. He contends that they must "go back into the cave" or return to the everyday world of politics, greed and power struggles. The Allegory also attacks people who rely upon or are slaves to their senses. The chains that bind the prisoners are the senses. The fun of the allegory is to try to put all the details of the cave into your interpretation....   [tags: Philosophy Plato] 5691 words
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The Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic - The Allegory of the Cave in Plato's Republic This paper discussed The Allegory of The Cave in Plato's Republic, and tries to unfold the messages Plato wishes to convey with regard to his conception of reality, knowledge and education. THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" is a story that conveys his theory of how we come to know, or how we attain true knowledge. It is also an introduction into his metaphysical and ethical system. In short, it is a symbolic explanation of his "Theory of the Forms" (or eidos)....   [tags: Papers] 909 words
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Allegory of the Cave vs The Matrix -      Imagine living through life completely bound and facing a reality that doesn’t even exist. The prisoners in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” are blind from true reality as well as the people in the movie “The Matrix” written and directed by the Wachowski brothers. They are given false images and they accept what their senses are telling them, and they believe what they are experiencing is all that really exists. Plato the ancient Greek philosopher wrote “The Allegory of the Cave”, to explain the process of enlightenment and what true reality may be....   [tags: Comparitive Essays Plato Wachowski Brothers]
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Review of Plato's The Allegory of the Cave - In Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave," Socrates tells an allegory of the hardship of understanding reality. Socrates compares a prisoner of an underground cave who is exploring a new world he never knew of to people who are trying to find a place of wisdom in reality. According to Socrates, most people tend to rely on their senses too much and believe the world as it is appeared to our sight. In order to free our souls from this mental prison, Socrates suggests that we should go through a phase that does not only prepare ourselves for the real world but also prevent us from heading to the wrong direction to seek the truth - education....   [tags: World Literature] 359 words
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The Allegory of the Cave in the Movie The Matrix - New Twists on an Old Theme It has been said that there are no new ideas, only old ones told in a new voice. This thought can be applied in many areas of life and art including the art of filmmaking. There are examples everywhere of classic stories or themes expressed in new formats. Sometimes these duplicates are blatant as in "The Wiz" following "The Wizard of Oz," the numerous perspectives given to "Cinderella" and recreations such as the modern day telling of "Othello." Sometimes, though, these older themes are not as obvious, especially when they represent complex thoughts first uttered centuries ago....   [tags: Movies Film] 1286 words
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The Allegory of the Cave: Turn Around - The Allegory of the Cave: Turn Around Putting the Allegory of the Cave into my own words seems comparable to the Christian idea of using the lord's name in vain. First, I'd like to introduce a phenomenon I have observed throughout my life time. I call it soul resonance. Bear with me here. When two objects emit sympathetic vibrations, the sound or force multiplies. Example: Two tuning forks of the same frequency are struck upon each other and held a few feet apart. The vibration is much stronger....   [tags: essays research papers] 1400 words
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Applying Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Applying Plato's Allegory of the Cave to Oedipus Rex, Hamlet,and Thomas Becket Plato was one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He is recognized all over the world as one of the greatest minds of all time. Knowledge is required under compulsion has not hold on the mind.(Durant 24). Plato's dialogues are the fruit of a rare mind; but the could not have kept their perennial freshness if they had not somehow succeeded in expressing he problems and the convictions that are common to Plato's age and to all later ages....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Philosophical]
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Societies Maintaining Control in The Allegory of the Cave and The Giver - ... The societies in “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Giver,” maintain control in similar ways too. In “The Allegory of the Cave” and “The Giver,” the “controllers” both limit the range of experience of the members in the community. “Thus they stay in the same place so that there is only one thing for them to look at: whatever they encounter in front of their faces.” Because of the shackles the puppeteers gave them, they cannot move their heads and see other wonders so, they only experience what is put in front of them....   [tags: puppets, prison, freedom]
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Plato's The Republic: Analysis of the Chapter Entitled "Allegory of the Cave" - One of the world’s most revered philosophers, Plato, was born in 428 BC. As a young man, Plato, became a devout student of Socrates. Plato quickly adopted Socrates’ teachings and turned his studies toward the question of virtue and noble character. After the execution of his beloved mentor, Plato founded the first English university called the Academy. He wanted thinkers to have a place were they could word toward better government for Greek cities. Over the duration of his life Plato wrote many books, and his most influential work is The Republic....   [tags: The Republic, Plato] 582 words
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The Allegory of the Cave, from Book VII of Plato's Republic - The cave, symbolic of the mother's womb, is the source of life and death. In “The Allegory of the Cave”, from Book VII of Plato’s Republic, the theme of the cycle of life and the transition from the unborn to the deceased is representative of the cycle of entry and exit from the cave. If based upon this idea, one can conclude that the chains are symbolic of the umbilical cord. This concept reflects the Greek values of reproduction, humanism, and the anti-hero, because the anti-hero is symbolized by returning to the mother....   [tags: The Cycle of Life]
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Broken Society in Socrates, Allegory of the Cave and Apology - Every Christian believes that in the beginning of time God created the world in his image. Creating man in his image to be pure and obedient to his word. God created his society to where it was perfect in his eyes and no one would do wrong because they would obey him. His society was perfect until Adam and Eve fell into the serphants trap and ate the forbidden fruit. This forbidden fruit is the exact same one that God told them to stay away from and if not horrible things would happen on earth. Since Adam and Eve decided to eat of the fruit and sin was welcomed into the world and it created chaos....   [tags: God, media, violence] 953 words
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Similarities in Plato's Allegory of the Cave and A Tale of Two Cities - The rigorous and troublesome times of the eighteenth century brought forth much darkness and suffering, but from this oppression came contentment and light. From the opening paragraph, light and dark are contrasted in A Tale of Two Cities, with the use of direct opposites to portray the times. The Allegory of the Cave by Plato also goes along with this theme. It is a symbolic depiction of prisoners held in a cave without a true perception of reality. They are brought up looking at only the shadows of what really exists until finally one is released and travels out of the cave into the radiant world above....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Literary Analysis] 673 words
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