The freed prisoner would finally uncover he was living a life of deception as he only lived to see shadows of mere images of real things until now. The process of coming to know reality would be a ‘difficult’ and ‘painful’ transition as his first instinct would be to cling on to what his familiar with, and withdraw back into the cave. Therefore the prisoner would need to be dragged out of living in the darkness in order to see the light of day. The prisoner would inevitably be overwhelmed by the brightness however he will need to grow accustomed to the light before he could see things outside the cave and will then have more knowledge of what is real such as imperfections of human life to the forms of goodness. After discovering reality with his new found wisdom he would eventually think back to life trapped in the cave and therefore would ultimately congratulate himself on his good fortune and would feel sorry for the prisoners still chained down in the darkness.
If allowed to immediately leave, he believed they would experience pain from previously not moving, the light would dazzle their eyes, and they would be shocked at first seeing the light. Most importantly, however, the liberated prisoners would have difficulties coping with the new knowledge that the shadows they had always perceived as real were in fact illusions. After living their entire lives believing in the shadows, they wouldn’t be able to process reality. They would also suffer ever further due to their ignorance of reality as they are questioned and expected to know the identities of objects they have never seen before. These hardships would turn what should be an amazing moment, into a nightmare for these newly freed men, urging them back into the shadows that provide them the comfort of
In “Nightjohn” by Gary Paulsen, Nightjohn and Sarny, live difficult lives of slavery. With no freedom, and Sarny’s wish to learn, Nightjohn is in desperate need to teach Sarny to read and write, to able to write to others to teach them about the bads things of slavery. Through the story’s brave characters, description of hardships they, and a beautiful picture of their bravery they have, readers understand that Gary Paulsen is expressing the idea that helping others, is worth sacrificing yourself. Nightjohn left his Family behind, so he could teach slaves to read and write. In the movie Nightjohn, Sarny tells us how Nightjohn told her that he left his family behind.
For this prompt we have been asked to discuss how the novel Being There fits into the course’s overall theme “Illusion and Self-Deception”. Having gone through the book twice now I have to say in my opinion Kosinski’s Being There is an elaborate journey of pretend for the protagonist, Chance. There is a definite feeling throughout the novel that Chance does not quite know who he is or how he should act. Lacking an understanding of reality due to his mental handicap, Chance never realizes the implications of his words and actions. Chance is constantly trying to emulate someone on television or put something around him in the context of television, never showing a true interest in anything other than the garden or the television itself.
The lock became nonfunctional, and he’d spent the night fumbling with it while battling the flaws at the same time. The battle was a futile one. No longer thinking abstractly, but literally, he could not get ‘ranger what’s his face’ out of his mind. He replayed the scene over and over. He even wondered at some point during the night if the ranger was actually a Dudley Doright ranger type, and might have been cornered Stacey for diplomatic questioning because he raised a red flag.
In the prison system most of the prisoners are labeled as either “hopeless” or bad”. The implication here is that “useless” implies that the prisoner is good for nothing and doesn’t have a good heart. The “bad” implies that they are purposely acting out and should rot in prison for lifetime. People never want to contribute to the fact that many prisoners are trapped in prisons went through a tough hardship in life yet, they have real talents that can surprise the nation. This essay of Fall and Rise of Theothus Carter will discuss about two articles that mainly talks to us about the prison life of prisoners and what they are missing from everyday life.
Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a short narrative written by Plato to convey the feelings, thoughts, and obstacles a person faces as a philosopher. The story focuses on the tale of a group of humans bound to each other in dark cave, only two lights within the cave giving them any form of light. One of the humans breaks free of his binds within the cave, and ventures into the light, at first struggling to comprehend what he sees, but grows to love the world beyond the cave. He then goes back to free the other prisoners within the cave but each one of them reject his help, either being afraid or aggressive towards the freed prisoner as they believe he is below them for his newly changed beliefs. The situation represents the internal struggle suffered by philosophers with the
Your life has been an illusion. You and I, we are both special. See you do not remember the pain, the hatred, and the sense of helplessness of being left without something like your love, a piece of yourself, and your honor, but I do”, the man answered, “That is why we wake up at night and fight for our revenge”. He was himself the nightmare and the monster. His life had all been fake.
Darkness creates a dearth of chances. There is darkness in which the students are trapped in but are alien to the light and consequently have no future. The reminiscing done by the narrator on sonny and his childhood succors to expound more on light and darkness. He also reckons the importance of the silence and "the darkness growing against the windowpanes". He believes the darkness is generational and originates from the past in his family.
The Rooster Coop holds back Balram from making his own decisions and succeeding, but as soon as he escapes from the coop, he becomes one of the winners in society. Balram can’t make his own decisions or succeed because he’s trapped in the Rooster Coop. In the chapter “The Fifth Night”, after taking the blame for Madam Pinky’s hit-and-run, Balram explains that his “life had been written away … I was in terror, and yet not once did the thought of running away cross my mind ...” (Adiga, 151) Balram acknowledges that he wasn’t in charge of his life. This is significant because Balram was dependent on his master Ashok’s decisions. There is also proof that he was trapped in the coop: he didn’t even think
Amir had many opportunities to say something, and sometimes he wanted to, but when the time came Amir was quite and never told anyone. Amir lived with guilt for a while it crippled him psychologically and he had reoccurring flashbacks about him not telling anyone of Hassan’s rape, and he wished he could have spoken up and said something.