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Cave Paintings

- Creating art is one of the single defining factors that set humans apart from animal species. Through art, humans are able to express their innermost ideas and feelings, without having the difficulty of trying to find the correct words to accurately describe their thought processes. Works of art can help us to understand the people who have come before us. This is evidenced by the knowledge humans have discovered of prehistoric men and their symbolic cave paintings. The expression, style, and meaning vary and archaeologists put in much effort to uncover these works....   [tags: Art]

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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]

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The Extended Allegory in The Power and The Glory

- The Extended Allegory in The Power and The Glory       Graham Greene pieced together The Power and the Glory from his own personal memoirs in 1940 after a three-year trip to Mexico.  Drawing from his own observations of a small town torn between the anti-religious laws of the secular government and the people's religious beliefs, Greene created the story of a Catholic priest being pursued by the police to illustrate the conflicting relationship between the church and state (Greene 2-4).  Greene used his experiences in Mexico to create an extended allegory that illustrates the conflict between the two world views and, in turn, reveals his own values and philosophy....   [tags: Power and The Glory Essays]

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The Cave And The Kebara Cave

- Dear Gage, Logan, and Caedyn, Hey guys. How are you all doing. Hopefully you are doing as well as your mommy. It has been a very long couple of months and I should be home soon. I am sure no one has explained to you where I am located right now, so here are a couple maps for you. My friends and I have a camp located by the Hyonim Cave in Israel. The Hyonim Cave is where we are doing our research. We are looking for a species of hominids called the Neanderthals. There have been many discoveries in the Manot Cave and the Kebara Cave, so we thought we would find something promising in our cave....   [tags: Human, Neanderthal, Mitochondrial DNA, Thought]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- The classic work, “Plato, The Allegory of the Cave” vividly represents an individual’s will to master enlightenment or failure thereof. Furthermore, the piece attempts to facilitate learning in hopes to encourage or expand deep-thinking among its society. Additionally, the work utilizes a cave, chains, shadows, and an escapee which symbolically represents an individual’s need to confront comfort level, enslavement, perception, and freedom. From this translation, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave demonstrates a notable interest and most importantly provides a detailed illustration of how one can achieve knowledge or miscarry it altogether....   [tags: Perception, Sense, Mind, Knowledge]

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The Myth Of The Cave

- The myth of the Cave, found in the seventh book of Plato’s Republic, depicts a group of people chained in the pit of a cavern, unable to see anything but the shadows of people, and the objects they carry with them, traveling past a fire behind them (186-7). This serves as an illustration of the epistemology Socrates had begun to develop in the preceding book with the images of the Sun and the Line. It also functions as a segue into the related discussion of educational theory. Additionally, though less apparent, the analogy can also be read as a defense of philosophy, an important topic for Plato in light of his teacher’s infamous death, “the founding myth of the academic discipline of philo...   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Epistemology, Logic]

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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 Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato is one of the great philosophers in history, which still is teaching us lessons today. One of his most historic story, “Allegory of the Cave.” When discussing his views of truth and reality, and how the truth we experience is not direct or literal, is best explained through his words. Allegory of the cave in modern times, is the equivalent of the movie, “The Matrix” (The first film). What better representation of a classic tale told in a modern way. If the world you have learned to accept and the truth that you surround yourself with, could all be changed, would you take the leap of faith to truly understand what the truth is....   [tags: Truth, Mind, Theory, Reality]

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The Cave and the Matrix

- The Cave and the Matrix Movie critics and philosophers alike agree that the movie “The Matrix” is indeed based upon certain Platonic themes from Book VII of The Republic. In this story entitled "The Allegory of the Cave," he describes 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. The shadows of statues held by unseen ‘puppet handlers’ reflect on the walls from the light of a fire that is also out of sight of those in the cave....   [tags: Plato Republic Matrix Movie Philosophy Essays]

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‘The Crucible’ as an Allegory for McCarthyism

- ‘The Crucible’ is an allegory. An allegory is a story with an obvious meaning but if you look deeper into it, there is another meaning. In this case, the obvious meaning is the Salem witch-hunt and the hidden meaning is McCarthyism. McCarthyism started in the early 1950’s and it was governmental accusations with no evidence. Joseph McCarthy started doing trials on those he thought were communist, but he had no evidence for it. This is the same as the witch trials in The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote this in response to McCarthyism....   [tags: allegories, Crucible, authur miller, McCarthyism,,]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Education plays an essential and meaningful role in the world. Everyone is born to be educated in order to enrich their minds. There are various ways human can be educated and get rid of ignorance. In the text “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, it describes the ignorance of those prisoners. They reject to receive the truths about the outside world. Ignorance is horrible, but it is even more pathetic if people refuse to obtain knowledge. It is important to understand ourselves and find a best way to improve ourselves....   [tags: Knowledge, Learning, Education]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- Stuck in Another World To start, what would your life be like if you were stuck in a world where you couldn’t see the end. This reminds me of being in a cave and not being able to find a way out to the other side. In the Allegory of the Cave by Plato: the prisoners are chained in a cave so that all they can see the shadows on the back wall. They have been held captive since childhood and were unable to move except what was in front of them. He was able to state how the prisoners were comfortable and felt safe while in the cave compared to the real world....   [tags: Truth, Reality, René Descartes, Ontology]

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The Dimensions of Morality in The Prince and The Republic of Plato

- Morality is likely the most debated topic of all time, especially in regards to our moral responsibility for each other. Throughout history many writers and philosophers have taken different angles the concept of morality and have applied it in many ways. This includes: Niccolò Machiavelli with The Prince (we will be looking at The Qualities of the Prince) and Plato with The Republic (we will be looking at the section The Allegory of the Cave. The Prince (1513) essentially lays out a how-to guide of how to obtain power and how to keep it; The Qualities of the Prince contains a list of qualities that one should appear to have while in power; this work will be used to represent the case agains...   [tags: philosophy, allegory of the cave]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- Human beings have five senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. In “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, he points out that humans have a limitation on reality because of these sensory apprehensions. Then, in “Oedipus Complex” by Freud, he regards the unconscious as the primary part of the mind. Both writers view the unconscious mind as the part that can comprehend the “whole reality”. "Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality– ST. THOMAS AQUINAS”....   [tags: Unconscious mind, Mind, Consciousness]

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Lord Of The Flies: A Religious Allegory

- Since its publication in 1954, the Lord of the Flies has amassed a prodigious cult-following for its blunt truths. Depicting the savagery of marooned school boys, William Golding's story presents a gruesome vision of post-war humanism in the mode of action and allegory. The Nobel Laureate's novel seems to many critics a striking analogue to the Bible (in certain aspects). Through its biblical parallels in settings, content, and overall meaning, Lord of the Flies becomes, in essence, a religious allegory....   [tags: William Golding]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- “The Allegory of the Cave” In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”, he tells a story about prisoners that were chained up in a cave. There were shadows constructed on the wall of the cave that played as the prisoner’s reality. One of the prisoners in the story ends up breaking free and begins to experience the real-world. Learning all that he had learned since the cave including the shadows was controlled by other people and a lie. When he went back to tell the others, the others were afraid of what he was saying and didn’t believe him....   [tags: Logic, Truth, Reality, Learning]

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Socrates' Analogy of the Cave

- At the beginning of Book Seven, in an attempt to better describe the education of the philosopher Socrates begins to set up an analogy with an ascent and descent into “the cave”. In Socrates’ cave analogy there was a group of people who were from childhood held in a dimly lit underground cave. The people were kept there in bonds that were designed to allow them to only what was in front of them by depriving them of the ability to turn their heads around. Also present in Socrates’ cave was a certain wall or partition separating the prisoners from another group of people who simply walked along a path carrying statues shaped after all that of beings and occasionally uttering sounds as the othe...   [tags: Socrates, Analogy of the Cave, philosophy, ]

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Socrates 's Allegory Of The Cave And The Republic

- In The Republic, Socrates discusses his Allegory of the Cave and comes to the conclusion society should be ruled by “Philosopher Kings.” His reasoning involves the idea that politicians want power regardless of whether or not they have knowledge, so they will abuse the power they are given. However, philosophers strive to learn more and become more knowledgeable, so they do not care about the power and therefore will not abuse the power given to them. Further analysis of the allegory leads the audience to realize philosopher kings are not those who strive to attain knowledge but rather are those who are already knowledgeable....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Truth, Knowledge]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- The Allegory of the Cave written by Plato, is a parable about human nature and the struggles of finding or seeing the "light” in many lessons people learn. Through social learning, or learning by example, people may see the light in ways that further change them in the future. Quite possibly for the better. Ways in which I have seen the light have been through the guidance and support of my parents, instructors, and friends; thus, supporting why I am now in the light. My parents were both raised in poor areas of the country....   [tags: Teacher, Learning, High school, Education]

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Formation of Real Truth: Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Shakespeare's Othello

- Truth is an objective in a person’s life in which a journey is taken to find the answer to their question or an identity of themselves or others. In Plato’s allegory of the cave The Republic VII, Plato discusses the steps that is needed to taken to find the real truth to one’s self. These theory created by the world famous philosopher can be related to many text and life on how truth is formed. Plato relates the Republic VII to a cave and how a man must step out the darkness of the cave and its many obstacles to find real truth....   [tags: Stereotypes, Tragic Events]

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Cosquer Cave

- Cosquer Cave In 1985, while scuba diving in Cape Morgiou, near Marseilles, France, Henri Cosquer discovered a narrow 175-meter, air-filled tunnel 37 meters below the sea (“The Cosquer Cave”). The tunnel, unbeknownst to him, lead to one of the world’s most treasured Paleolithic art-filled caves. During the Paleolithic age, Cosquer cave was much more accessible than it is today. Researchers say that at the times the art was created, the cave was probably only 11 kilometers from the coast and 80 meters above sea level (Jaobs)....   [tags: Place Descriptive Essays]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- The Philosopher Plato was alive during the period of 400 BCE. One of his most famous excerpts cited in philosophy is Plato’s allegory of the cave. Plato believed that innate ideas came from the world of form. He was a rationalist and he held a very strict notion of knowledge. Plato’s allegory of the cave is a theory concerning human perception and is very significant to philosophy. To briefly summarize the allegory the people who grew up in the cave all their life had been retrained from seeing anything that wasn’t in frontal viewing....   [tags: Platonism, Epistemology, Mind, Meaning of life]

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The Cave

- A large fracture in the otherwise solid rock served as entrance to the cave. The opening is a half a foot shorter than Jazzlyn’s five feet six inches, and approximately half as wide. Standing in front of the small threshold, the cool, musty air from inside the chamber leaks out through the crack and pricks her skin. The jagged gap is just big enough for her to squeeze through sideways if she keeps her head ducked down. To Jazzlyn this hardly felt like a challenge. First, extending her right arm through, followed by her shoulder, leg and hip, she firmly plants her right foot on the ground inside....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays]

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John Livingstone Seagull By Richard Bach And The Myth Of The Cave

- A young seagull who loves to fly is banished from his flock, but after mastering flight, returns to share these new discoveries with his old flock. A man kept imprisoned in a dark cave is introduced to the outside world, and later returns to the cave to tell his fellow prisoners about it. On the surface, both Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach and “The Myth of the Cave” by Plato have almost childishly simple plots. In both, a character leaves his home, learns something, and returns. However, these stories gain a deeper significance when the reader views them as allegories....   [tags: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach]

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The Unholy Trinity as a Reverse Allegory

- Edward Spencer celebrated allegorical writing with his classic romantic epic "The Faerie Queen." Even as Milton criticized the use of allegory, he indubitably implemented the use of it in "Paradise Lost." Although Milton does use allegory, his use of the form tremendously differs from that of Spencer. His application of allegory is a reversal of the typical Spenserian allegory. Milton uses a reverse allegory as an abstract representation of the Holy Trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit by an Unholy Trinity of Satan, Sin and Death....   [tags: World Literature]

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The Cave of Stone Beauty

- A magnificent array of stone cut sculptures, spectacular detail work and the greatest architectural marvel of its time. Exotic Basalt elephants, dancing dwarves, and superb friezes running parallel to the stone Buddha carved in precision. Depictions of various deities in their abodes and scenes from s India’s epic poetry appear within the stone. Water falls trickle in the spring as ancient river beds fill up and cascade down on top of ancient lava flows. Three religions have made their mark on the basaltic land of the Ellora Caves....   [tags: Stone Cut Sculptures, Architectural Marvel]

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Analysis Of ' Allegory Of The Cave ' By Plato

- What is reality. What education means to it. There are lots of question for the education in today’s life. One of the story, “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato is the best way to express the ideas of the education in real. Students as well as elders believe that the education is the only way to stand in the society. That is false. Just the education is not helpful to a student in daily life because the studies or subjects they will study will not prepare them for a challenging life, they will also need general knowledge....   [tags: Education, Student, Reality, Psychology]

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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]

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Cosquer Cave

- Cosquer Cave Lying 125 feet below sea level, an historic treasure hid unseen to humans for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans first left their mark there nearly 27,000 years ago, but it was not until 1985 that modern humans discovered these treasures. This ancient landmark is now known as Cosquer Cave. It is a unique cave not only for the images found there, but also because of its unusual entrance. The cave is located on Cape Morgiou, in the Calanques, which is near Marseilles (“The Cosquer Cave”)....   [tags: Place Descriptive Essays]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- For millennia authors have been exploring the concept of truth and how it relates to everyday life, and it still continues to be a common theme in literature. It dates back to 340 B.C. when Plato wrote “The Allegory of the Cave” to present day literary texts. Although truth may not always be apparent at first, it still persists and does not change due to one’s opinion. While humans are able to analyze their surroundings and situations, it is not possible to know the truth without all necessary information....   [tags: Truth, Mind, Reality, Perception]

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Plato's Cave

- 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 perceived as reality. In the allegory Plato tells a story about a man put on a Gnostics path. Prisoners seating in a cave with their legs and necks chained down since childhood, in such 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: Plato's Allegory, Human Nature]

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An Analysis of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the Importance of Light in Discovering Truth

- In The Republic, Plato introduces a philosophy that transcends the exclusivity of the contemplative and the active lives. He defines the ultimate truth as “aletheia”, which literally translates to mean “unhidden” or “that which does not remain unnoticed”. Through his use of the term and his allegory of the cave, Plato makes the strong implication that philosophers must actively seek to discover the absolute truth, rather than relying on traditional methods of contemplation and the persuasive tone of rhetoric to prove its existence....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Communist Allegory in Animal Farm

- According to William C. Foster's book, How to Read Literature like a Professor, “Nearly all writing is political on some level.” (111). In Animal Farm, George Orwell sends a clear message to his readers, showing that greed and hypocrisy can turn a whole society upside-down. Using allegory and symbolism, Orwell exposes the true nature of Stalinist Russia; where the populace was manipulated by various means, including propaganda, violence, and false promises. If examined closely, the many characters, events, and ideas of Animal Farm all have something to do with Soviet Russia and Communism in general....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Foster]

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Analysis Of Plato 's ' Allegory Of The Cave '

- Response: What is Plato’s Point in “Allegory of the Cave”. At some point in our lives, everyone has asked themselves some version of the same questions: What is “reality”, in conjunction with what determines our perception of reality, and what am I supposed to do with (or about) it. Throughout “Allegory of the Cave,” Plato attempts to answer these questions. Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” suggests that humans have a constrained view of the world, and that there are two different perceptions of reality, a "bodily eye” and a “mind’s eye.” The “mind’s eye”, the hypothetical site of visual recollection or imagination, is a higher level of thinking....   [tags: Perception, Sense, Truth, Knowledge]

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The Two Solitudes Allegory

- “Two Solitudes” is a term that has turned into a significant part of the vernacular of many Canadians. It is used to describe the relationship between the anglophones and francophones in Quebec and the rest of Canada. The metaphor became more popular, though, through MacLennan's seminal work titled Two Solitudes, about an intercultural family trying to maneuver themselves in and around the cultural undertow of Quebec during the 20th century. In Quebec's reality the historical term “two solitudes” has still been used today, and one can blame it on the exclusiveness of francophones and anglophones plus the way Quebec is still divided up in a “two solitude” fashion....   [tags: Canada, segregated, francophones]

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Comparing Socrates 's ' The ' Of The Cave '

- If Socrates were put on trial today it would be much like his trial in Athens, most likely put on trial for the same reason of some citizens resenting him for his deeds of making them seem foolish. Upon living within our society, he would have had a grasp of what we value and want from life. Knowing about what his view of our society would most likely be, I believe that Socrates would defend himself and make a statement to our society by explain to us, are we only resent him due to our arrogance as found in the Apology and The Allegory of the Cave, how we must change our ways as a society by properly prioritizing our efforts to seek wisdom as seen in his conversation with Meno, and will ref...   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Philosophy, Want]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Many people rely on what we can see, touch, smell, and hear to be real and true; however there is also the question of how do we know that something is real and true. The world we live in could be made up, and we all could be living in a fantasy. What we, as humans, believe to be real and true could all be a lie. For example, in the Allegory of the cave, these prisoners believed that the stories projected on the wall were true. These stories were fake, but the prisoners believed it was true because that is all they had been taught....   [tags: Morpheus, The Matrix, Redpill, The Matrix Reloaded]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato’s allegory of the cave is an attempt to depict the idea that position of the man in the universe that he exists in is fatal. In a dialog Sokrates is trying to convince Glaucon to his point of view on the physical and mythical world. Generally speaking the thought is that all we see, the world we exist in is just an illusion, just a shade of what is really true. Plato believed that to achieve full awareness of true reality man has to free himself from earthbound matters and joys. This antic writing has inspired many generations of philosophers and is still considered as precious source of knowledge....   [tags: Plato, Mind, Thought, David Foster Wallace]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Red Pilled People often accept what is presented to them as fact instead of meeting the information with skepticism. In “The Allegory of the Cave,” by Plato, and in The Matrix, by the Wachowski Brothers, both include public masses that are unaware of their blindness to the true reality of their worlds. Also, few people exist in both texts that have escaped the oppression of those who rule the masses, discovering legitimate reality for the first time in their lives. These people who have escaped are no longer slaves of the illusion of reality presented to them by their oppressors....   [tags: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded]

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An Analysis Of Plato 's ' The Cave '

- What is reality. An enduring question, philosophers have struggled to identify its definition and basic concept since the beginning of time. Plato, in his provocative essay, The Cave, used symbols and images to ridicule and explain how humanity easily justifies their current reality while showing us that true wisdom and enlightenment lies outside this fabricated version of reality. If he were alive in modern times, he would find society unchanged; still uneducated and silently trapped in our own hallucination of reality with only the glimmer of educational paths available....   [tags: Video game, Video game genres, Gameplay]

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The Republic And The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Republic and The Allegory of the Cave In the Allegory of the Cave there are prisoners are chained up together in which they are all facing the back wall. There is a firing behind the prisoners and the only thing that they can see are the shadows of the people behind them. The fire casts shadows on the wall so this is the only thing that they see. Their entire lives have been based on these shadows on the wall. These prisoners have been chained up since birth, so what they see on the walls is all they know....   [tags: Platonism, Epistemology, Theory of Forms]

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The Matrix, By Andy And Lana Wachowski, And Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- The Matrix, a 1999 film created by Andy and Lana Wachowski, and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave both reveal the ongoing questions of “What is reality?” and “Are we living in the real world or an illusion?” Matrix is a sci-fi action film that talks about how the real world that Neo thought to be real was only an illusion and how the people living in the Matrix world are being trapped in a cave. This film adapted from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave because they share many similar characteristics and Matrix is a modern, more exciting version of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave....   [tags: Reality, Mind, The Matrix, Perception]

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Hawthorne’s Use of Allegory

- Hawthorne’s Use of Allegory "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a short story that was first published in the 1836 edition of the Token and Atlantic Souvenir and reappeared over time in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The short story narrates the events following Reverend Mr. Hooper's decision to begin wearing a black veil that obscures his full face, except for his mouth and chin. Mr. Hooper simply arrives one day at the meeting house wearing the semi-transparent black veil and refuses from then on to take it of, leading to the loss of his fiancée and isolation form the world....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Applying Socrates´ The Allegory of the Cave" to Life

- For us to understand the importance of knowledge, we first have to understand what knowledge is. Knowledge can be given to us by experience with something new or it can be acquired through. There is always a purpose for acquiring the information. There is a saying that “knowledge is power.” If you think practically, then knowledge is definitely giving you power to dictate your direction in life. There is a complex process through which a person acquires knowledge, and it depends on the mental capacity of a person as to how much knowledge he can acquire....   [tags: Knowledge, Education]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave is a metaphor found in Book XII of The Republic written by the Greek philosopher, Plato. It is a dialogue between Plato and a man named Glaucon that discusses several different theories about human nature and the idea of enlightenment. Many people question whether or not the theories mentioned in Book XII apply to the government of the United States as it is today. It is evident after reading Book XII of Plato’s Republic that the answer is yes; his theories remain relevant, even in the world of today....   [tags: Truth, Theory, The Prisoner, Reality]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- 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....   [tags: Jesus, Baptism, John the Baptist, Gospel of John]

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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]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The allegory of the cave is an enlightening philosophical work made by Greek Philosopher, Plato. The allegory portrays people as sponges and that they only know as much as they are told, whether it is true or not and it compares the effect of education and the lack of it in human nature. Plato’s allegory of the cave is highly comparable to the movie called “The Truman Show”, which some may argue is a modern adaptation that is more relatable today. It shares some of the main themes of the allegory, for example the seven symbols of the cave: the light/fire, the shadows, the breaking of the chains, the prisoners, the free prisoner, the cave, and the real objects....   [tags: Reality television, The Truman Show, Reality]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave: An Enlightening Burden Imagine a group of people, prisoners, who had been chained to stare at a wall in a cave for all of their lives. Facing that wall, these prisoners can pass the time by merely watching the shadows casted from a fire they could not see behind them dance on the walls. These shadows became the closest to what view of reality the prisoners have. But what happens after one of these prisoners is unbound from his chains to inspect beyond the wall of shadows, to the fire and outside the cave....   [tags: Knowledge, Truth, The Prisoner, Plato]

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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]

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The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime

- The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime   E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is primarily concerned with the illustration of broken dreams. Drawing on the tradition of the Muckraker novels of such authors as Upton Sinclair, Doctorow shows the shadow side of the Jazz Age. The beginning of the novel deals with Father’s preparation for and participation in William Peary’s expedition to the North Pole. The theme of disillusionment that runs throughout the novel is foreshadowed and represented by the Peary expedition....   [tags: Ragtime]

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Cave Paintings

- The Cave of Lascaux and Cave Art Cave paintings might possibly be the oldest known form of communication that exists today. Cave paintings date back to a period of time called the Paleolithic Age. The Paleolithic Age took place from 40,000 to 10,000 B.C. Prehistoric Age is divided into three parts: Paleolithic being the earliest, Mesolithic being the middle at 10,000 B.C. and Neolithic Age being the latest at 8,000 B.C. During the Paleolithic Age it is believed that the cave paintings at Lascaux, France were created....   [tags: essays research papers]

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`` Allegory Of The Cave `` By Frederick Douglass And The Speech

- The way a person is taught from a young age often times affects his or her values and perceptions throughout their life. A person is taught how to think and what to think about but is rarely given the choice of how to perceive this information. This can be seen in Plato 's “Allegory of the Cave,” “Learning to Read and Write,” by Frederick Douglass and the speech, “This is Water” by David Wallace. Each of the three pieces talks about characters being born into enslavement either hypothetically or literally....   [tags: Mind, Thought, Human, Slavery]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Throughout the course of history, mankind has unceasingly strived to comprehend the purpose of our existence. Who are we. Why are we here. While many different conclusions to these questions have emerged, Plato shared Socrates’ believe that ignorance is the mind’s natural state and that our human existence is meant to be lived seeking true knowledge through debate and questioning. In “The Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic, Plato depicts a cave where prisoners are chained from their childhood to grow up only looking at the back of the cave wall....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Platonism]

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Temperance and Allegory

- In The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser set out to create a work that could never be rivaled in breadth and complexity. His magnificent poem spans religious and literary movements, exalts and denounces rulers at the same time, honors traditional poetic forms and creates new ones, all while telling a fantastic story of romance, heroism, morality, and glory. In book two, Sir Guyon, the knight of temperance, is led into hell, and tempted by the creature known as Mammon, but remains faithful to his temperate values....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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The Between Hesiod And Plato 's The Allegory Of The Cave

- Hesiod and Plato both attempt to provide readers with an insight to the world through answering life’s fundamental questions. In attempt to do so, in Works and Days, by Hesiod, and in The Allegory of the Cave, by Plato, the authors explore the origin of human misery. Although both authors explore the same fundamental life question: “What is the origin of human misery,” they use two different approaches to do so. The difference between Hesiod’s and Plato’s approach to explaining the origin of human misery can be found through exploring the ideas of mythology and philosophy....   [tags: Religion, Greek mythology, Human, Truth]

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull And The Myth Of The Cave

- Jonathan the Freed Prisoner Both Jonathan Livingston Seagull (a novel by Richard Bach) and “The Myth of the Cave” (a short story written by the commonly-studied philosopher, Plato) are commonly referred to as allegories. An allegory is a work of art that possesses a hidden moral or political message beneath its actual appearance. In many ways, one could easily interpret both of these superb writings to hold the same meaning. One presentation that holds true to this is that Richard Bach’s character, Jonathan, compares to the prisoner that escapes in Plato’s work, “The Myth of the Cave.” Metaphorically, both of these characters are held as prisoners in their life, but then later are freed and...   [tags: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach]

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Analysis Of Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Yasmin Bansal HZT4U0 Ms. Mitchell March 6th, 2015 Perception of Truth As people, we tend to believe everything we see. Do we ever take the time to stop and think about what is around us. Is it reality, or are we being deceived. Reality is not necessarily what is in front of us, or what is presented to us. The environment that we are placed or brought up has a great impact on what we perceive to be the truth or perceive to be reality. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is one of the most significant attempts to explain the nature of reality....   [tags: Reality television, The Truman Show, Reality]

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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]

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The Allegory Of The Cave And The Apology

- "The Allegory of the Cave" and "The Apology" by Plato explore the methods in which people for themselves, usually through the cultivation of the soul. "The Allegory of the Cave" employs an allegory to highlight the importance of the soul, while "The Apology" focuses on Plato 's beloved mentor, Socrates, and his views on tur value of the soul. Both allegory and dialogue seek to stress the importance of the truth to caring for one 's self. The pursuit of the truth and the care of the self are intricately intertwined; one cannot do without the other....   [tags: Soul, Socrates, Plato, Life]

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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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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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The Matrix Of The Cave

- “ They see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave”(Plato 1). This is from the article “ Allegory of the Cave” and there are oppressors in the story who are hiding the truth from the people who know nothing but what they are taught by them. In the film The Matrix, it shows a man named Neo who gets help from a man from the real world to help him escape. Neo finally sees the truth of the world he was living in and realize it was a lie and a illusion to him and the others who still don 't know the real world....   [tags: Morpheus, The Matrix, Redpill, The Matrix Reloaded]

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Examples Of Ochre, Slabs, Engraved With Patterns Carved Into The Surface

- examples of ochre, slabs, engraved with patterns carved into the surface.” See K. Kris Hirst “Sibudu cave” archaeology.about.com/od/shthroughsiterms/qt/sibudu_cave.htm. The earliest known use of ochre is nearly 300,000 years old, in the site of GnJh-03 in the Kapthurin Formation of East Africa, and at Twin Rivers in Zambia. Often associated with religious ceremonies, ochre is was and still is, a popular pigment choice for artists. In Europe, Neanderthals were using red ocher as paint 250,000 years ago – at least....   [tags: Cave painting, Ochre, Cave, Cave of Altamira]

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How Anthropologists Interpret Cave Art

- Anthropology 1AA3 – Critical Analysis Two A prehistoric archaeologist’s goal, as per Scupin and DeCorse (2013:5), is to decipher the beliefs and mindset of past societies, particularly early inhabitants of Europe and America, through their material culture, such as the cave art found in Lascaux. This cave, located in southern France, contains what is believed to be one of the oldest artistic representations of wild animals and art; it has captured the interest of numerous scientists, philosophers and historians, all of whom wish to make sense of these enigmatic images (Lippit 2002:20)....   [tags: Lascaux, primitive paintings]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- According to “The Allegory of the Cave,” “ The Oedipus Complex,” and “ The Personal and the Collective Unconscious,” people 's behavior in society originates in the conscious and unconscious minds. Different people have different kinds of personalities which are caused by different types of education, environments, cultures and experiences. These elements strongly influence how they regard the world, and influence how their conscious mind works. When people act how they want it means that they use their conscious minds....   [tags: Unconscious mind, Carl Jung, Mind, Consciousness]

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Song Analysis: "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons

- BACKGROUND West London-based Mumford & Sons is a folk/indie-rock band that favours atypical instrumentation, conjures up a unique sound, and appeals to a wide range of listeners. Emerging from what some in the media have labeled as the “West London Folk scene”, Mumford and Sons features four 20-something multi-instrumentalists and close friends: Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwayne. The English foursome joined forces in December 2007, bonded over a mutual appreciation of folk, rock, country, and bluegrass, and adopted the stage name of Mumford & Sons to give the band a familial connotation....   [tags: Music]

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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]

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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]

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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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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- In The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, a controversial issue has been whether “pouring in of knowledge” is not education or whether it is education. On one hand, some argue that education is the process of receiving or giving logical instruction. From this perception, education is all about learning and teaching from one generation to another. On the other hand, however, others argue that education is not all about “pouring in of knowledge.” In the words of Plato, “education isn’t what some people declare it to be, naming, putting knowledge into souls that lack it, like putting sight into blind eyes (5)....   [tags: Education, Teacher, Learning, Plato]

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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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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- What constitutes a well lived life People have different meanings and explanations on how to live a well and happy life. Some may say living a great life is to be successful, having a family and all the materials you want in life. others might argue and say that a great life or living a better life is not always about having or seeking the best materials in life, but helping those that are around you, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor in other words taking care of the people or benefitting the least well off....   [tags: Virtue, Meaning of life, Positive psychology]

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Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

- Human Freedom Freedom in mind, freedom in nature, and freedom in subjectivity of individual are three kinds of freedoms. However, freedom should be expressed within the limits of reason and morality. Having freedom equals having the power to think, to speak, and to act without externally imposed restrains. As a matter of fact, finding freedom in order to live free is the common idea in Plato with "The Allegory of the Cave"; Henry David Thoreau with " Where I lived and What I lived for"; and Jean Paul Sartre with " Existentialism"....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Death Of The Cave

- My whole life I have heard it said that we humans live our lives as delusions and we do. When I was a child, I used to think that whatever was in my head ,whether it could happen or not , was true and that people could be anything or do anything. Now when I think about it, I see that maybe those were just false beliefs because sometimes there are certain things that we humans are not able to do. In discussions of delusions , one controversial issue by Plato, has been that we are always in a cave and we can never come out no matter how much knowledge a person has....   [tags: Truth, Human, Religion, Humans]

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Hawthorne’s Use of Allegory

- "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a short story that was first published in the 1836 edition of the Token and Atlantic Souvenir and reappeared over time in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The short story narrates the events that follow Reverend Mr. Hooper's decision to start wearing a black veil that obscures his full face, except for his mouth and chin. Mr. Hooper simply arrives one day at the meeting house wearing the semi-transparent black veil and refuses from that moment on to take it off, which leads to the loss of his fiancée and isolation from the world....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Welcome to the Real World While class begins on a shortened school week the students start by reading Plato 's “The Allegory of the Cave.” Reading, discussing, and then back to reading, the students have still gained a small amount of knowledge on what Plato 's theory really means. The teacher decides to watch the Wachowskis ' The Matrix, in hopes that the stories will connect. Beginning the movie, the students see how Plato 's idea of the chained people believing what is real to them equally compares to Neo, the main character of The Matrix, being unable to tell if he is awake or dreaming....   [tags: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded]

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Comparing the Search in Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio

- The Search for Truth in Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio    The novel Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson has many themes that present themselves throughout the book. One such recurring theme is a search for truth. The characters in the book do not fully realize that they are searching for truth, but they do feel a vague, "indescribable thing" that pushes and prods their minds to actualize a higher plane of thought. This search for a higher plane by the characters of Winesburg nearly parallels another literary work of ancient Greek origin- Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," which is a portion of his famous writing "The Republic." I contend that the town of Winesb...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Confessions By Saint Augustine And Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Happiness and sadness have a very interesting relationship. Many philosophers have taken this view point and gone deep into the idea to find out what is really true about it. Some say that if you have never felt sad, then you would never know whether or not you are truly happy, because of this some see that teaching and think of it in a fairly depressing light. Though it is not to say that they can’t exist separately, without sadness there would not be true happiness. This idea is a very interesting topic because there are very few people who can go through their lives and not be unhappy for at least a brief period of time....   [tags: Happiness, Personal life, Plato, Soul]

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Plato's Allegory of a Cave, Wachowski's Matrix, and Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time

- Plato's Allegory of a Cave, Wachowski's Matrix, and Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time Plato's Allegory of a Cave is a story about prisoners that are chained underground, who can not see anything except for shadows caste on a wall by a fire. The only thing that these prisoners can see is the shadows of people. Eventually, one of the prisoners breaks free of the chain and ventures out into the real world. In the real world the freed prisoner discovers that the shadows in the cave are created from light diverge off people....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]

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