Experiencing a new discovery leads to a better understanding of life. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, it explains how a group of prisoners are inside a dark cave looking at shadows believing it to be realistic; however, one prisoner gets free and leaves the cave and experience the outside world seeing real nature and the brightness of the sun and adjust to it. That person returns back to the cave to tell what he had experienced outside the cave to the other prisoners as the other prisoners would not listen to him and neglect his words. That person however cannot adjust to the darkness inside the cave once he got adjusted to the brightness of the outside world. Like Plato’s allegory of the cave, good living does require us to leave the cave.
“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”- Dave Pelzer. Many children are forced to live a life that no one should ever even know exist, these children live in despair and fear, afraid that they may never feel happiness again, afraid that they will be stuck where they are until they lose every piece of themselves and many do, that is when they begin living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul because there is no light at the end of the tunnel not even a flicker of hope. This is often as a result of child exploitation which is described by the legal dictionary as ‘the act of using a minor child for profit, labour, sexual gratification, or some other personal or financial advantage.
I believe that the “shadows” represent all of the illusions that we live by as our reality. College students, myself included, tend to have a like minded way of thinking, similar to the men in the cave. We tend to think that we know everything that there is in the world, when in fact we don’t. We seemingly have a complete grasp of what our future will be, when really our future is bound to adapt based on changes in our life. The prisoner also believes he knew what was his future based on where he was at the time, until he ventured out and discovered things weren’t as easy as they seem.
He doesn 't care about this too much because he spent his whole life not following the rules and being looked down on by most of his town. He describes himself as low down so breaking a rule doesn 't bother him. Huck and Jim strike up a friendship fairly quickly. They mainly talk about superstitions and signs. They find a cave high up on the island to camp in.
I think that when Ponyboy says " “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.” He means that he always tells himself that he is not who he really is, but in the end he realizes that he is who he is and that he should not resort to lying. I think this because when he says that he lies to himself, he is trying to tell himself he is different than who he is. He want 's to be like the rest of the greasers. I know he is different from the rest because the reason he got jumped by the Socs is because he had no one to go to the movies with.
Life in prison differs from the one you live outside of it since you are limited to certain things in life. Jack never experienced the love he got from his girlfriend Michelle or his parents in prison, nor was he ever exposed to the kind of friendship he had with Chris before or in prison. He came from a broken home with a mother that had cancer and a callous father. He was bullied, but saved by the devil in disguise. Phillip was the one to fend off the bullies, but he was sadistic and had a horrible influence on Jack.
Everyone needs to experience hopelessness in order to find hope because it plays an essential part of life to have hope. Without hope, nothing would be accomplished nor would anyone want to accomplish them, for without hope, there will only anticipation for failure. Two different stories talk about two different young men with one thing in common; they find hope after leading a hopeless life. The main character from Alexie’s The absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian feels like nothing, a nobody due to his birth defects and the lack of hope throughout the reservation he lives on. After finding inspiration from one of many mentors, he leaves the reservation which starts his journey to finding hope, just like the main character in Vonnegut’s short story ,”The Boy Nobody Could Handle”.
When John decides to live alone in a lighthouse his life become the most isolated and exiled it has been in the entire novel. John cannot deal with the ideas of the New World so he takes part in a form of self punishment to rid himself of the impurities of the New World by whipping himself. This only draws more attention to himself and his lighthouse which was the complete opposite of what he wanted in the first place. John eventually feels so horrible and terrified of what he's become he hangs himself only to be discovered by more reporters coming back the next day to find him. In Brave New World John the Savage plays a role of never being able to fit in no matter where he goes.
His life is one full of narcissism and abuse. The hunger artist hates what he does, but due to the way he’s lived his life, he is so narcissistic that he can’t stop. Even after the 40 days have ended and the hunger artist is allowed to eat, he doesn’t want to. The narcissism leads to the artist throwing his life away so that he can live in a cage and perform for people that don’t care about him. Even when fasting is no longer as popular as it used to be the artist does not stop, instead he continues fasting.
Cave In Book VII of the Republic, Socrates and Glaucon talk about the Myth of the Cave when they are understanding the word “good.” This story is about people being chained inside of a dark cave, unable to move, not even their heads. The only thing that the people are able to see are the shadows, which, to them, are the realist things they know exists. One day, a person discovers a way out of the cave; the person who escaped most likely struggled to get out and once they were free, they were blinded by the brightness of the sun. After the person’s eyes adjusted to the light they were able to see real objects, not just shadows, and they learned that they haven’t been looking at real objects the whole time they were in the cave, they were
Having just one game for a life time could be frustrating, could Even make prisoners go crazy. That’s the reason why one of the prisoners decided to scape. When he finally gets out of the cave he thinks everything is unreal, he is surprise of all the Things he sees outside the cave. Later on he learns to understand his new world and he notices The sun is a source of life and he goes from having so much ignorance to an intellectual journey where he discovers beauty and meaning. Since he has knowledge of what he lived inside the cave and the difference after he got out.
Most people have been told that “Ignorance is bliss” but has anyone ever questioned if it actually is? It is not, ignorance is never as blissful as it seems. Ignorance can be compared to being trapped in a prison of someone’s own mind where no man is ever truly free; he will always be imprisoned either by ignorance or by education. Authors such as Plato, Fredric Douglass, and Sherry Turkle all have faced bouts of ignorance, but have overcome them through the want and drive to learn. Throughout Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” there is an internal struggle within the protagonist to escape from the only place he once knew as home just to find out that is like out of the cave.
Jingjing Zhang Instructor Shay Tschirhart ENGL 1311L 31 August 2015 knowledge can be enriching and painful The dialogue “Allegory of the Cave” was written by Plato. His point is that humanity is ignorant about the true nature of reality. Once humans got out of the cave, they went into the real world; they can understand what reality is and get into true knowledge. These prisoners who live under the earth in a cave had never seen the sunlight since their childhood. Their legs and necks are unable to move because they are chained, so that they have to stay in the same place and look at the wall in front of them.
Huck struggles to see the good in society because everyone he has ever lived with has not seen his great potential, he wants to be free of societal pressures which proves to be a hard task. Jim on the other hand is not a free man he is a slave, therefore freedom is very important to him. He has been a slave for many years and gaining his freedom will prove that he is a person and deserves to be treated like one. According to Huck, “...whoever saved [Jim] would send him back home so as to get a reward, then Miss Watson would sell him [for] sure.” Huck is beginning to realize that Jim is a human being and things that society has told him might be wrong. He is pulling more and more away from society’s beliefs and gaining a little bit of freedom each time.