Essay Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave" Modern Comparison

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“The Truman Show” and Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” writings were astonishingly similar in theory. Even though these two writings were written almost 2500 years apart, there were many key concepts alike. In both writings there was an imprisonment of a man from childhood to adulthood. Both of these men had a series of events occur as they grew older, which allowed their eyes and mind to see and process the truth of the world and to forget their ignorance. “... I proceed to say, go in to compare our natural condition, so far as education and ignorance are concerned, to a state of things like the following.” This statement from Plato truly states the theory of mind in which is portrayed in both “The Truman Show” and Plato.
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The cavern men had chains and shackles which prevented their heads from moving. “Then surely such persons would hold the shadows of those manufactured articles to be the only realities.” Until there was a point in time when the men were introduced to the idea of reality, there was never a thought of something more. Truman had been contacted by several people throughout his life but never understood the message that was trying to be given to him.
“Let us suppose that one of them has been released, and compelled suddenly to stand up, and turn his neck round and walk with open eyes towards the light; and let us suppose that he goes through all these actions and pain, and that the dazzling splendour renders him incapable of discerning those objects of which he used formerly to see the shadows.” This occurred to Truman on many occasions and each time he grew more interested in trying to figure the truth out. Truman endured many actions of cover up and many moments of pain and perseverance. Like the cavern men Truman was pointed in the right direction but it was a struggle to get there. However, once there the thoughts of what is and what could be persuaded him to choose reality over the “imaginary life.” Finally Plato wrote, “Last of all, I imagine, he will be able to observe and contemplate the nature of the sun, not as it appears in water or on alien ground, but as it is in itself in its own territory.” Truman was now free to explore, learn and

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