The Shawshank redemption is about much more than just a young banker spending many years of his life in prison. It shows us the struggles inmates go through to adapt to an environment as harsh as prisons and how creating friendships with others helps the men get through the rough patches. The film demonstrates that prison is a world of its own, with its own rules and how many men struggle to fit back into society when they are released. Shawshank Redemption’s director, Frank Darabont, uses many brilliant film techniques to capture key scenes. A few examples of these are: when Andy first arrives at Shawshank an establishing shot is used to show the prison.
I will also discuss how they all express Plato’s conception of what is involved in living philosophically, and how they all relate to the cave allegory. In Plato’s dialogue, the cave allegory, I am given a story about a prisoner and allowed to depict an image of what the cave looks like. Inside the cave are prisoners, a fire, a rocky path, and people who carried various artifacts that project shadows on the wall in front of the prisoners. The fire represents the sun, the rocky path symbolizes the journey of the soul, the prisoners represent us, the shadows were what they believed to be the truth, the people carrying the artifacts symbolize influences in life for example parents or teachers.
When Plato crafted the allegory of the cave he was doing so with the intention of describing the ignorance of man and the importance of education. At the surface that may be all that can be learned from this tale, one must wonder, just who is the prisoner portrayed in this tale. Through examining the ideas presented it can be concluded that the man in the cave is a representation for ignorance, but is that it? Is that all the prisoner stands for or is there more to the tale. Let’s examine the prisoner in his natural state, shackled up and staring at the shadows presented to him.
In life, the world one lives in is always assumed to be the reality, without anyone questioning its credibility. As Iris Murdoch once said, “[People] live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality. ”(Iris Murdoch Quotes). In The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, prisoners are trapped in a cave and chained so that they are to face a wall and only see the shadows of objects that pass behind them.
In the Allegory of the Cave, there is a group of prisoners chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. One prisoner is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all. Although the prisoners were experiencing something different than what was happening outside the cave, they were still in the same reality as the people outside the cave. In the Man Who Lived Underground, Fred Daniels, a young black man unjustly accused of murdering a woman, is forced into signing a confession.
Socrates’s allegory of the cave in Plato’s Republic Book VII is an accurate depiction of how people can be blinded by what they are only allowed to see. The allegory does have relevance to our modern world. In fact, all of us as a species are still in the “cave” no matter how intelligent or enlightened we think we have become. In Plato’s Republic Book VII, Socrates depicts the scenario in a cave where there are prisoners who are fixed only being able to look at the shadows on the wall which are projections of things passing between them and the light source.
There are puppeteers in the cave who cast shadows of objects with a fire that later become a construct of reality for them. Eventually, one of the prisoners were able to break out of the chains and escaped. As he leaves the cave, he is blinded by the sun, however, adjusted to this new world. He is amazed as he sees everything more clearly. He discovers the true beauty and meaning of life as he explores more of the world.
When the inmates first arrive at Shawshank prison and the audience sees a low angle of Shawshank presenting it as a daunting, life sucking, all-consuming place. Similarly, Darabont uses a low angle to show the halfway house feels the same to Brooks as Shawshank felt to the inmates when they first arrived. Any ordinary would most likely see the interesting, intricate architecture of the building but instead of showing that part of the building Darabont chooses to show the audience the daunting, dominating nature it presents to Brooks. Freedom should be something that a newly released prisoner is ecstatic about but in Brooks’ case he is terrified even to have his own room, why is this? It is because of the key idea, institutionalization, that Darabont has been hinting at all through the film and especially in this scene.
Like Larson’s play, Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ has similar themes. However, instead of using the lens of homelessness, Plato demonstrates his literary genius by building a story in which Socrates starts setting a scenario for Glaucon—Plato’s brother. In this story there are prisoners who have been locked in a cave since birth. The prisoners cannot
The first concept both share is the philosophy that humans accept the reality that is presented to them. In Plato’s allegory, three prisoners are chained and unable to see behind themselves. With a fire roaring in the cave, the prisoners see only the shadows of those passing by. The story then explains that if a prisoner were to escape, he would be unable to see because the sun would be too bright outside the cave.
In analyzing great Philosophical literature, few works are as famous as Plato's Apology and Allegory of the Cave. Although lesser known to the uninitiated to the world of Philosophy, but certainly no less famous or important, is Voltaire's Good Brahman. At first glance, each of these works appears quite different and only have the commonality of being older Philosophy texts. However, upon closer examination we find that they have more in common, despite their less obvious differences. In the following paragraphs, we will seek to explain each work individually and then compare and contrast both Philosopher's works.
The first philosopher that I will be engaging in the practice of self questioning is Plato and his story of the Allegory of the Cave from the The Republic. Allegory of the Cave according to Plato is a theory of human perception of finding the truth, and not becoming ignorant even if the people around you are. A prisoner in the story escaped after being tied down their whole life and was forced to stare at a wall that shows shadows of everyday objects and animals. The shadow is created through two dimensional objects held by non prisoners in a walkway in front of a fire pit. They create shadows into a wall that prisoners are forced to watch, and that is what they believe to be true for their whole life.
The study of philosophy is a path seldom taken by many. Philosophical thinking requires much discipline in the mind of the student. It is through philosophy that the student is able to break free from the grasp of ignorance, and instead turn to the embrace of reason, thus leading to the discovery of many great philosophical truths. This essay will discuss two great philosophical works: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, and Voltaire’s “Story of a Good Brahmin”. In examining each story, this essay will bring forth the philosophical attitudes presented by that of Plato and Voltaire.
Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” entails Socrates explaining to Glaucon how all human beings are educated and the effect that has on them; he uses an allegory, a story with two levels of meaning, in order to illustrate his explanation. The story begins by describing a cave that people have lived in since birth and have been chained to in one place, unable to look anywhere except straight-ahead of them. Little do they know that behind them is a fire, and behind the fire is a half-wall with statues on top of it being controlled by another group of people beyond the wall. Due to the fire, these statues have shadows which are projected on the wall in front of the chained prisoners leading them to believe that these shadows are in fact reality. They
In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in the Republic, he alludes to two analogies. An analogy has two fundamental definitions: the distinction between the intelligible and sensible and the proportion of such ideas. The “Allegory of the Cave” helps to show what part of reality we can see and know and the other part of life in which we are trapped and unknowing to the possibilities. It has a lot of hidden symbolism and structure that a first glance may sometimes be hard to see. Socrates uses the Sun and Divided Line analogies to further his emphasis on the intelligible and sensible.