Parallels between The Movie, "The Matrix" and Plato's Allegory Of The Cave In Book VII of The Republic, Plato tells a story entitled "The Allegory Of The Cave." He begins the story by describing a dark underground cave where a group of people are sitting in one long row with their backs to the cave's entrance. Chained to their chairs from an early age, all the humans can see is the distant cave wall in from of them. Their view of reality is soley based upon this limited view of the cave which but is a poor copy of the real world. In addition to the chained people, there are other people in the cave.
At first the prisoner can see only shadows, then reflections, then real people and things. He understands that the statues were only copies of the things he now sees outside of the cave. Once he is adjusted to the light, he will look up to heavens to gain a true understanding of what reality is. This is what Plato refers to this understanding as the Form of Goodness. In Being There, Chance is in the deepest part of the cave, yet the world around him is too ignorant to realize this (Johnson 51-54) The main character of Kosinski's novel is Chance, a... ... middle of paper ... ... has become engrossed in television to a point where television no longer is fictional.
The Truman Show is a movie centered around a reality television show of a man that is living a so called “fake” life. If The Truman Show presents a present-day interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, then maybe there are numerous ways in which these works can be compared and contrasted. According to Plato, the human race can speak and think without even knowing what reality truly is. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave was written centuries ago. This Allegory takes place in a cave where some prisoners have been chained up since their childhood.
Soon, he will begin to realize his ignorance as he sees that the shadows he had seen all his life were actually real people. Plato concludes that his idea of the perfect life inside the cave was ill conceived and that the prisoner would have never been aware of the world outside, had he not escaped. Similarly, The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir, follows the life of a man in the utopian town of Seahaven. What the protagonist isn’t aware of however is that his entire life has been broadcasted throughout the world; as a... ... middle of paper ... ...umstance is absent or present”. From the beginning of human existence, people were always in desperate search of the truth, about how we came to exist, what a person’s identity really is, and to find the truth about what our perceived reality actually is.
Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a very interesting story that Socrates narrates to Glaucon. As simple as the story is, it has a very analytical philosophy that is vibrant throughout the story. I imagined there were a few men tied up at their feet and neck bound to a wall that prevent them from looking back. The prisoners have been in the cave since birth and never been outside the cave. The only view they have is a wall display of shadow images.
Plato’s allegory of the cave is analogous to the story line found in ‘The Matrix.’ People live in a cave, looking at their shadows reflected on the cave wall. They never realize they are in a cave. Plato’s allegory of the cave assumes key words leading the story such as chained prisoners, a puppet handler, and a prisoner trying to find a light. These terms are comparable to John Updike’s characters in his novel A&P and guide readers to implications between the lines. Updike’s novel A&P seems to say a theme that love is suck, but with Plato’s allegory applied, another theme hidden in his novel is revealed.
Using these cameras, and his power to control the actors, Christof is able to completely control Truman’s life. In Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, there are prisoners kept in a cave. These prisoners have no exposure to the outside world. They are chained up to chairs in the cave and only have a huge blank wall to stare at. The guards in the cave make shadows on the wall by holding up objects in front of the fire.
As a prisoner “turns his neck around and walks and looks towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the gla... ... middle of paper ... ...ve; however, they do not believe there is another world out there and do nothing but disregard the man who attempts to tell them the real truth. Two different pieces of work closely relate as they have many comparisons of whether the world we live in is true or not. As we look back upon “The Allegory of the Cave” and the Matrix, the scripts share a wide variety of comparisons which the people believe our everyday lives are not controlled. On the opposite spectrum, one piece illustrates humans being trapped in a cave to believe all the shadows they saw were real; the other is a futuristic computer game controlling their lives. Either way, imagine living in a world where you are generated through computer not knowing that there is more out there than control.
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. These images are of men and animals, carried by an unseen men on the background.
Discuss Plato’s Parable of the Cave. Plato’s parable of the cave, also known as the “allegory of the cave, opulently describes beneficial metaphors and elaborate imagery about knowledge, ignorance, truth and lastly enlightenment. The allegory of the cave appears at the beginning of Book VII of Plato’s The Republic, which in itself is principally a study of justice, government and leadership. In The Republic, Plato describes a cave containing individuals confined to the cave floor, bound by shackles. They are unable to move their heads and stare incessantly at the cave wall directly in front of them.