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. The cave as a whole represents the visible realm.
These dreams are the fantasies that people in prison are dreaming up, so when analyzing it on a psychological level there is some reason why they are in prison in the first place. They obviously did something wrong and so these fantasy lives are what they could have had if they had not screwed up and gotten into prison. Even in the dreams themselves the people are lonely as we can see in “The meanest Cop in the World” when Himes says, “and then she looked into Jack’s eyes and knew … that Jack was only lonely” (Himes 209). The guys loneliness is even prevalent in his fantasy dreams. Going back to the first story “On Dreams and Reality” the main character is unhappy when he gets out because of the fantasy he has in which he is a good person who was not in jail.
Let’s examine the prisoner in his natural state, shackled up and staring at the shadows presented to him. In fact Socrates describes the wall in front of it, “like the partition at the front of a puppet stage.”(Stephanus 514b), what do you do when given a stage, you watch and become immersed in the world they present you. He lives in the reality presented to him, his education is whatever the shadows show him, the blinders he wears prevents him from seeing anything else(Stephanus 514b). His condition is deplorable, all they have is a fire for warmth and it is open to conjecture as to whether or not they have enough to eat. Yet the prisoner accepts this, why else would he fight to stay, it is all he knows and all that he cares for.
For example one of these pieces of writings is a poem which is the Butterfly poem and the other writing is based on a true story. Also the butterfly poem is about being trapped behind bars and wondering what it would be like to be free. But Kristinas story is based on them being in a sewer trying to break free and escape without being caught and sent to the death camp. Another difference is Kristinas story is with 20 other people and they were worried and scared but not being tormented. When in the butterfly story it is about a lonely person in death camp being tortured to death.
The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
They have emotions, and to be completely honest, are fragile and must be taken care of. Most children have a role model; someone to help them decipher between right and wrong. Without them, children unable to learn, because being left on their own leads them to having nobody to influence their decisions. Just because the creature in Frankenstein was made in a lab and may not look human, does not change the fact that the creature has all the characteristics that come into account when describing a
However, when the camera then changes angeles from Bruno’s side of the fence to Shmuel side all the color from bruno’s side suddenly disappears. The screen is then suddenly filled with dark colors, such as gray from the rock and metal that fills the camp, to the dirty white and blue striped uniform Shmuel is forced to wear while being held prisoner in the camp. This is starting to bring into perspective how at a young age boy young boys are being separated by this thin layer of a metal fence, which is shaping them to be two completely different people. The use of this color scheme puts into account how the colorful colors in the burnos side of the fence fortary how all seems well in his world, as he has no awareness
It uses explicit language and discusses some controversial topics such as homosexuality and AIDS. 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
In doing so, he allowed his monomania to be his one focus and forgot about everything else in his life. Victor said, “… my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose.” (pg.42) He wanted to learn more than he should’ve known. He stated to Robert Walton, “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge,” and goes on to say, “and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” (pg. 47) To pursue this knowledge and then seek revenge after his creation, controlled Victor mentally. He is a monster because not only his actions showed it, but his mind was consumed as well.
This is shown when Victor's monster escapes from the lab and the individuals the monster faces are negatively affected. Any time Frankenstein’s monster came in contact with another individual, people would either be too scared and run away from him or attempt to kill him. For instance, after the monster was brought to life, he describes how disoriented he was; how we had to understand the basic of being human and grasp standard knowledge of how to read and write; this way, he could be socially acceptable. Moreover, in seeking guidance, the monster first visited a random man who later ran away in terror, and after that, he wandered into a village, which also proved that individuals will not accept the monster, primarily because he is far too grotesque; and so he was ostracized by the people. Enraged by the fact, Victor’s creation begins to have little regard for the people around him, especially those who reject him.
Grendel vs. “The monster” Grendel in the novel by John Gardner is very similar to “the monster” in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly because both Grendel and the monster feel like outsiders, they kill humans, and they both are able to learn new things. Grendel feels like an outsider because he knows he is different and he wants to know the truth of why he is what he is and why God made him that way. Grendel asks his mother “Why are we here?” which means that he is doubting his existence. Grendel kills humans in the mead hall while they are asleep. “Swiftly, softly, I will move from bed to bed and destroy them all, swallow every last man.” He kills them because he was affected by the shapers death.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman successfully incorporated a realistic insanity into the main character of the short story as well as exposing the mental health diagnoses and cures for the 19th century. The “cures” back then were sadly insufficient and ignorant of treating the illness and instead closeting away those who suffered in the hopes of recovering or remain the dark family secret (Hale, 2008). Charlotte admits she never had hallucinations to the mural decorations, but simply her motivation to embellish and sharing her story, was in the hopes of saving women from her fate of mistreatment. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s own words regarding her composition of “The Yellow Wallpaper”
It’s said was born curious in science and the creation of life. In the novel, he stated, "The world, was to me a secret which I desired to divine”; "Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature … are among the earliest sensations I can remember" (31); and "It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn" (33) these quotes show just how curious he is and emphasizes just how long he has been curious about the creation of life. Elizabeth’s sickness, causing her to almost face death, also provoked his construction of the monster. Before his mother caught the Scarlett Fever, Elizabeth was sick. When Victor was young, he was given Elizabeth as a gift from his parents and for her to have almost died made him realize he had to do something to cheat death.
The writers present differences in their opinions, approaches, proses and intentions making their narrations very distinct. Knight’s journal narration is a remembrance of her journey with the intention to entertain and she certainly did, even now her journal still entertains many Literature readers. It is clear that, she never had the intention to make it public, or make any monetary gain, which it make it remarkable interesting. In the other side, Bartram’s intention is to disclose information about the beauty and benefits of Nature for the good of humanity, or maybe monetary compensation. Moreover, these two author do not resemble on the way, they interact with people and nature; Knight’s attitude is impatient; Bartram is enthusiastic.
Plato is trying to illustrate that people know little truth about the reality of the world. The philosopher is the escaped person who goes into the light and can see the true reality of the world around them. Plato argues that it is the duty of the philosopher to inform the people in the cave of the light. This means the philosopher 's role is to tell people of the reality of the world. Plato is saying that, unless we become educated, we human beings are like the prisoners in the cave.