Analysis Of Sigmund Freud's The Allegory Of The Cave

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Considering how the brain works, one does not have total control over the mind or subconscious. As individuals, our brain can be manipulated through reformation. Our mind produces thoughts and decisions that are influenced by the outside world. The subconscious is everything that we repress or want to forget. In Sigmund Freud’s “An Outline of Psychoanalysis”, we encounter the id, ego and the superego. Freud explains that our id controls everything “that is inherited, that is present at birth, that is laid down in the constitution” (Freud 14). Our natural instincts are controlled by the id. The fight for survival is driven by the id in our psyche. The ego “preforms by taking control over the demands of the instincts” (Freud 15) it seeks a safe …show more content…

“The Allegory of the Cave” is a dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon. Socrates refers to how men are easily manipulated to believe that being chained inside a cave is the correct way of living. Socrates says that humans can be made to “have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, beings prevented by the chains from turning round their heads” (Plato 450). Socrates argues that men can be chained and kept in this isolation without questioning the cave. According to this human beings can be brainwashed to believe into any ideal. Socrates continues presenting questions of the man that finally discovers the outside world. This man finally sees the light but it …show more content…

Bennett Marco, a commanding officer, and his army unit were ambushed during the first Gulf War. After this attack, Shaw eventually runs to be vice president while Marco and others are being haunted by dreams of what happened in Kuwait. As Marco investigates the incident in Kuwait he begins to question if his dreams have anything to do with what really happened. With the help of Shaw’s mother, these group of scientist from the Manchurian Global Corporation kidnapped the entire unit brainwashed them into believing Shaw rescued the unit and he would become an honorable war hero. This was all part of a plot to take over the White House. “The Allegory in the Cave” and “An Outline of Psychoanalysis” both connects to this film because it is the way Dr. Atticus Noyle and Shaw’s mother, Senator Eleanor, brainwash and manipulate these men. Dr. Noyle kidnapped them on the night of the Kuwait attack, he takes them and performs several shock therapy and Nano technological experiments to brainwash them. This doctor breaks each one of them down and reaches full control over their mind. Once Corporal Al Melvin shows Bennett Marco the drawings he made from the night in Kuwait, Marco begins to realize that he also has these dreams. Dreams are a formation of things our mind suppresses. Your subconscious discovers the truth and advises the mind through dreams (Freud 41). While Marco begins to investigate this

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