Allegory Of The Cave Analysis

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In the Allegory of The Cave, Plato states that "the prison world is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief". Everything described in the Allegory of The Cave holds a double meaning as a symbol for something else; the prison world symbolizes our world and the fire casting shadows on the walls of the cave is in actuality the sun. Only the sun isn 't just the sun, it is a representation of the good and the truth in this world. When one reaches this level of enlightenment, according to Plato they not only find the truth of their existence, but they also find the good in life, and…show more content…
When McMurphy first walks into the ward, he is said to be a “psychopath” but he soon becomes a saviour to the other patients in the ward. Although not seeming like a savior from how his character was introduced into the story, Randy P. Mcmurphy quickly becomes a Christ-like figure who leads through selflessness and a willing sacrifice for the sake of his followers. Mcmurphy is described as the farthest thing from a savior by choosing to indulge in drinking, gambling, profanity, and sex. However, he is proven to be a selfless, good man who is in fact the savior for the ward patients (Foley 48) and faces off Nurse Ratched who symbolizes an evil force. For there to be a savior, two things are necessary: “those needing to be saved and a setting where evil is the dominating force” (Moot 1) and the ward had both these things. In this case the evil force is Nurse Ratched, the head nurse of the ward, who has been able to be the dominating force for so long only because there was no one strong enough to oppose her and win. The patients of the ward needed to be saved from this evil force because Nurse Ratched had dehumanized the patients and she stripped them of their freedom, happiness, and their individuality to the point
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