Ignorance In Wachowski's Allegory Of The Cave

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As William Shakespeare, the most famous Elizabethan writer and playwright said, “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” In this, having knowledge, is to be able to find a higher state of being, and to be ignorant means that one is grounded and cursed, unable to leave. William Shakespeare, the man who wrote Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and so many more works, is believed to one of the smartest and most enlightened men to live. He is remarkable because he lived in a time where most people were uneducated. Just as in “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato and The Matrix by the Wachowski sisters, there is a prisoner in both who do not understand that they are prisoners, then freed to be enlightened. …show more content…
When the prisoner is released from the cave, he will see the outside world as it truly is, with the sun and colors. This is new to him because he has only seen grey shadows his whole life, and never any natural light. Socrates claims that ¨when he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities.¨ and also that he would need to ¨Grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the moon and the spangled heaven; and he will see the sky and stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day?¨ (Plato 49-50 & 52-56). Here, the prisoner will feel sharp pains in his eyes because all he has ever seen before were the dull shadows cast from the fire behind him, but now he can experience the full power of the sun and all of its glory. Socrates, who is telling the story to Gloucan also claims that the prisoner will only be able to see the outside world piece by piece instead of all at once, showing the he must learn little by little what the outside world really is. First, he can learn what he knows best, about the shadows of objects, then see their reflections in water, which would be the

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