Throughout the last five weeks, I have read three of Plato’s dialogues: the cave allegory, Euthyphro, and the Apology. While reading them, I was able to see Plato’s view of a philosophical life. To live philosophically is to question appearances and look at an issue/object from a new perspective. In this essay, I will explain Plato’s cave allegory, Socrates’ discussion with Euthyphro, and the oracle story in the Apology.
The characters and the theme of Fahrenheit 451 have many distinct characteristics that allow for it to be compared to The Truman Show. Fahrenheit 451 and The Truman Show both present the theme that people generally accept the reality they are given. Characters in the film and novel portray this theme by setting artificial reality against actual reality. What is shown as reality to the people in the film and in the novel is not what the actual world is. The reality presented is that knowledge is power and in both Fahrenheit 451 and The Truman Show there are people without knowledge and people with knowledge.
The quote is "We accept the reality of world in which we are presented. " This connects back to "Allegory of the Cave" because when the guys are looking at the cave wall that's all they're ever going to know if they never leave. In Truman he also only knows one thing the world known as "Seahaven". Same routine, same exact thing everyday. This relates back to "Allegory of the Cave" because they've only saw pigments of the outside world do to the shadows and it's the same way with Truman when someone tried to tell him, he didn't believe it just as the cave men didn't believe their friend they've known for years about the outside world.
The Truman Show and Fahrenheit 451 are very similar in that the main characters deal with many similar conflict. One conflict that is similar is that both lives are controlled . His “creator”, Christof controls what happens to him at any given moment. Christof also controls what the people who watch think and see. He makes them believe that Truman wants this lifestyle and could have gotten our of this life if he wanted to, which is not true.
Imagine living in a world where everything you do is watched. The Giver and The Truman Show are similar in many ways but other things aren’t quite the same. You could compare both of them and see different things, but when you looks at it more closely, you will see that they have a lot of similarities. The Giver and The Truman Show both have fears that are shown. In the Giver, a little boy fell into the river and died.
Imagery is a common approach used by authors to get the purpose across to their audience by engaging them into the story. In both The Truman Show and The Allegory of the Cave the imagery is key to get the purpose across, in both of the cases the imagery was similar in the sense that the audience has to use their imagination to help them guide themselves through the stories. To start off with, in The Allegory of the Cave, the readers have to get a good understanding of what is happening, such as the understanding of the three prisoners in a cave chained up. Plato does not provide the readers with the background information to help them understand the story better which makes readers use their imaginations more than their brains. In comparison,
Truman is completely unaware of the fact that he lives in a false reality and his whole life is being manipulated solely for the purpose of television. He is even confronted by a friend named Sylvia who warns him about his life, telling him that everything that seemed real was a lie. Even with strange interactions Truman still cannot come realize that the world he lives in is fake. The same type of ignorance is represented in Montag who is ignorant of the effect that his actions create. Montag burns books every day, enjoying it even stating that “it was a pleasure to burn”.
In these texts the protagonists begin their transformations in the beginning of their lives. Truman’s life was shaped by his role-models,
However, one prisoner is released and forced out into the reality, allowing the reader to understand that the world one sees and experiences is not the reality, but rather an illusion. Similarly, in The Truman Show by Andrew Niccol, Truman Bank has been growing up in Seahaven Island, a place created just for him to live in for a television show that is all about him. Throughout the film, Truman realizes that Seahaven is not the real world, and viewers see his journey to get out of this illusion, and into reality outside the false world. Both The Allegory of the Cave and The Truman Show prove that the physical world is an illusion that prevents one from discovering reality. The concept of illusion versus reality is evident in both works through similarities in plot, similarities in symbolism, and differences in character.
Allegory of the Cave, a short story by renowned philosopher Plato, describes the life of prisoners chained inside of a cave where all the knowledge they receive is given by unknown strangers behind them. It continues to elaborate on their transition from a lackluster world where they were truly in the dark to one that completely surpasses all expectations. Likewise, Stranger Than Fiction, a movie written by Zach Helm, illustrates an IRS auditor, Harold Crick, that is shackled by his mundane lifestyle and also has an embodied voice that seems to be controlling his life. The movie goes on to describe his arduous journey toward finding the woman behind the voice, which ultimately gives him a new perspective on life. Zach Helm’s screenplay Stranger Than Fiction and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave both describe the experience of a person escaping limited perspective darkness and discovering a more complex world than they had previously thought existed.
After reading 1984, the Truman show comes to mind first with many connections through the world, and the characters in the stories. For example, the Truman Show and 1984 both share a type of dictator: they control what happens to Truman and Winston. Telescreens are also used in both movies to monitor the character’s whereabouts. In the Truman Show, millions around the globe have watched Turman’s life, unlike Winston who is only watched by “Big Brother”. Truman and Winston both lost a parent and their society made them believe that it was their fault their parent died, when it is not.
Everyone have their own way to understand this world. In the poem “The Lady of Shalott” written by Alfred Lord Tennyson and in the story “The allegory of the cave” written by Plato, Although the lady of Shalott and the people who were stranded in the cave have the same situation, but they made different decisions. In the poem “ The lady of Shalott”, Shalott is cursed and the curse is she will die if she go to the outside of the towel. The cruse make she has to stay in the towel and the only way which make she get information about outside world is the mirror.
When Truman starts to see the truth, he starts to believe he's crazy. He thinks that he's imagining everything, because it's hard to accept the truth. Plato writes, “if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of visions which he
In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave the people think that their entire reality is the shadows that they see on the walls of the cave. Plato explores the truth and criticizes that humanity does not question what is real. Plato explores that the human understanding and accepting of what is real is difficult and