Compare And Contrast Allegory Of The Cave And The Truman Show

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The search for the real world is never fulfilled until it has been experienced by the individual. The modification in the surrounding and the environment one is born into is never easy to change because they are more comfortable in that situation. Similar scenarios have been depicted in Allegory of the cave and The Truman show. Allegory of the cave is a theory of Plato, who is a well-known philosopher in human perception. The theory talks about the disputable idea which many do not understand. It inquires (wrong word) readers to imagine and feel the prisoners in a cave all their life facing a blank wall where shadows are projected. The prisoners are chained up and have been there since their childhood. Whereas, in the movie The Truman show …show more content…
The prisoners in the cave had no idea of what is happening behind their back. The only element that is in their vision is the “shadow on the back wall where the prisoners see the moving shadow projected as if on a screen” (Stickney 11). Their entire life has been spent looking at the wall. They have never seen the real person or anything that actually exists except the shadows. Additionally, since the prisoners were unable to move their head they were not able to identify the key details from the shadow. “The prisoners see nothing of themselves or each other except for the shadows” (Stickney 11). The prisoners had life without looking at the real objects and just shadows every day. The truth of the real world is hidden from Truman the same way in the movie. In the movie, every actor and actress other than Truman himself had a connection with the director. At any point Truman tries to leave the fake world he is put into a situation stopping him. Just when he wanted to take the bus to go outside at that very moment the bus stopped working or when he wanted to drive to leave the city there was an enormous traffic. Therefore, the truth is hidden from Truman and the prisoners in the same …show more content…
The real world is introduced differently in both the cases. In the Allegory of the cave one of the prisoner is released from his chains and is forced to go outside of the cave. The “prisoner is freed from his chains. Suppose he is suddenly forced to stand up and face towards the entrance of the cave” (Stickney 12). That means the prisoner is free to go outside and see experience the actual world. The prisoner realises that the shadows, he is looking at is not how the object looks like in real life. Also, the prisoner didn’t like the real world. “He is then shown the object that had cast their shadows on the wall” (Stickney 12). It is all confusion for him when he saw the object in real life and is more comfortable in seeing their shadow rather than being in real life. He wanted to be back with his friend and see the world from their vision. The movie The Truman show had a different ending towards the real world. Truman found the truth by outsmarting the director and looking for glitches in the fake world. When he found out about the loop and knew that he is being stopped from leaving the city. After that he had a good idea that he is being watched by all these people and they are just actors. Truman knew about the real world by the help of Lauren, whom he liked. She told him that this is a fake world and because of her he is able to find

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