Analysis Of Zack Snyder's Film Man Of Steel

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Zack Snyder’s film “Man of Steel” fosters diverse philosophical ideas about society and their perception of free will and the acceptance of truth. Plato’s “The Republic” plays an imperative role in contextualising Krypton’s structure that ultimately gave way to the Kryptonian’s deterioration. The corrosion is caused by the rejection of the idea that society should be free to make their own decisions and live their own lives. Also by the denial of society on Krypton to acknowledge that their organisation of the Kyrptonian Empire was failing. Arguably, Plato’s most influential piece is “The Republic”. It enables the audience to clearly identify and understand diverse concepts that are applicable in all of philosophy. Although Plato proposes various good arguments and conclusions, fundamentality the depiction of society in “The Republic” is something that our modern society should and will always reject. In “The Republic” civilisation is divided into three classes. The classes that are present on Krypton are in the form of scientists, soldiers and leaders. The reasoning behind Plato’s idea is that, individuals might not rationally perceive when they are not appropriate for particular jobs. An individual bases their career on their internal reflection on their suitability and passion; Plato believed that aptitude should be the only factor that holds any weight. In Krypton, this is mirrored by their people being bred in a Genesis Chamber that equips each person with certain skills that give them the ability to fulfil what the state needs from them. These types of societies put no weight onto the individual opinions. The character General Zod clearly exemplifies this type of individual being bred for the benefit of the state by say... ... middle of paper ... ...ently very influenced by the ideologies of Plato in his work “The Republic”. The criticism of a society that is regulated down to the source of its civilisation is not a society that can develop or has potential for growth. It thus becomes a stagnant and decaying civilisation that ultimately deteriorates in both Plato’s and Kyrpton’s use of such a structure. However, the difference between the two examples is the Kyrptonian’s, much like the society in Plato’s work, does not allow themselves to accept a higher truth. Whereas, the people of Earth follow Khal-El out of the cave and into the bright light that is, in a sense a greater reality. Thus clearly demonstrating that a society in which free will exists allows its people to develop and grow within truth; the society where it does not exists evidently obstructs the ability to grasp the want to leave “the cave”.

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