Compare And Contrast Plato's Cave And The Truman Show

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Christian Laskie Plato's Cave Paper
Christian Laskie [christian.laskie@apps.schoolcraft.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:06 PM
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Jesse Mileo Christian Laskie
Professor Mileo
Philosophy
February 1, 2017
Plato’s Cave and The Truman Show
Have
you ever questioned your reality and if anything is beyond it? This is a question humans often struggle with because it questions whether or not we are actually free and also ponders what is real and what is not. Are we all pawns on a selected path or are we free to unlock all of the world's mysteries? We naturally like to think we are but for all we know our own ignorance could be preventing us from the answers
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The story then goes that the prisoner would think the outside life was far superior to the cave life he was subject to inside and he would take pity on his fellow prisoners and try to free them. But when he goes into the cave again he is blinded like when he was first dragged out. The other prisoners who think that the man was harmed by what was outside would try to kill anyone trying to take them out. Plato’s Cave demonstrates the ignorance of people living their own reality and that they are afraid to go outside of their comfort zone to learn the true reality because it might be painful or difficult or just strange. Plato's Cave also demonstrates that our realities can often not be what the true reality is. Plato was also known for his theory of Forms also known as the theory of Ideas which argues that non-physical forms represent the most accurate reality. The whole purpose of this theory is to give us answers that satisfy us. Both Plato’s Cave and the theory of Forms can be related because both are used to find answers of true reality. A movie that relates to Plato’s Cave perfectly would be The Truman Show because they both deal with someone going

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