Stereotypes In Plato's Allegory In The Cave

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a) In today’s context, stereotypes are easily perpetuated via many platforms. One of such a platform is media, a prevalent presence in our lives. As exposure to media is inevitable, stereotypes are constantly being perpetuated to people of all ages. For example, in the film Mean Girls, the popular girls are portrayed as fake, mean and obsessed with their outer appearance. Throughout the film, many other stereotypes are incorporated as well, one of which includes nationality stereotypes. As the protagonist is a new student from Africa, the teacher mistakenly welcomes a black student. Later on, one of the characters asks the protagonist, “If you’re from Africa, why are you white?” The two situations perpetuate the stereotype that Africans are…show more content…
In The Cave, there are a few key elements and symbolisms. The shadows represent the false illusions and reality that the prisoners, people cloaked in this false reality, believe to be the truth. The fire represents the thing that perpetuates the false reality, the puppets represent the true reality and ascending to sunlight represents the prisoners slowly gaining part of the truth.
The relation of the topic of stereotypes being perpetuated by media to The Cave is as follows. The fire in The Cave is represented by the media, which perpetuates the stereotypes. The prisoners are represented by those who believe in the stereotypes, the shadows cast on the wall represent the stereotypes perpetuated by the media and the puppets represent the truth, which is the reality and invalidity of the stereotypes and ascending to sunlight represents those who once believed in those stereotypes slowly being liberated, and realising the reality of the
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This also applies to the Cave I have chosen as it is impossible for one to transfer the knowledge of the reality of the stereotypes to another, but rather one needs to have experience with many different types of people to understand the invalidity and reality of the stereotypes. However, in The Giver, the knowledge is simply transferred from The Giver to The Receiver, although there is still experience involved in the
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