Final Exam Plato’s cave allegory demonstrates how blinded we could be by the world around us. Plato proves to us that we are able to think and speak for ourselves even if we have no prior knowledge of a certain subject. Prisoners were enslaved in a cave while not being able to turn their heads all they could see was what was in front of them. The puppeteers would project the image of puppets which provided the enslaved with the shadow of what they thought was reality. The prisoners had a perception of what they thought was a real object but instead it was just a projection of fiction that was not real along with the echoes that were portrayed inside of the cave.
It is not until the curtain is pulled back to reveal true reality, that the characters can begin to experience life. The major difference between The Matrix and Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” is what the characters do when they discover this false reality. Neo, the main character in The Matrix, makes it his responsibility to show everyone else that they are living a false reality. In the cave allegory, Plato believes that if one of the individuals was freed and experienced true reality,
In both works, the cave prisoners and Neo are portrayed as ignorant but questioning of the world they cannot see but can sense, as represented by the cave and the matrix. In “Allegory of the Cave”, the prisoners have been chained up since birth, and only know of the world inside the cave. The prisoners have always had curiosity about the outside world, but they are content with their inside world. Socrates even claims that “to [the prisoners], the truth would literally be nothing but the shadows of the images” (Plato 29). Socrates is saying that because all the prisoners know is the shadows, that is all they believe.
As Will Durant once stated, “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” Ignorance can make one unaware of the dismal reality he is living. Only the knowledge gained can be used to reach overall enlightenment. Similarly, these ideas are expressed through a prisoner trapped in a cave in “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, as well as Neo stuck in a false world in The Matrix by the Wachowski’s. Both stories exhibit the struggle of escaping ignorance and reaching a place of knowledge. Both Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” and the Wachowski’ The Matrix illustrate that overcoming ignorance through a journey of realization can lead one to knowledge and eventually grant him to the enlightenment necessary to spread the truth.
This leads to one of the greatest questions of the science-fiction genre, as well as one of the main themes of Blade Runner 2049, which asks ‘what does it mean to be human?’. Often when this question is asked, it is at the appraisal of human consciousness against artificial intelligence or genetic engineering. The original Blade Runner, looked at whether memories, and familial connections were the key difference between androids and humans. Correspondingly, Blade Runner 2049 looks at three characteristics of humanity that are considered to separate the real from the artificial, and challenges these ideals. First, is the concept of a need for love and companionship.
The cave stands for the state of most human beings, and the tale of escape from the cave is the origin of the true understanding. In this composition, Plato believes that the world is made up of two parts; the forms, and the reality. The first part, material world, which one can see, touch, hear, and smell is really the half-seen images of the reality of forms. Relying on one’s physical senses alone, trusting what one sees, or hears make him or her effectively blind. Plato, in the story of the prisoners in the cave, represents metaphorically how far is one’s perceptions through physical senses from the reality.
In "The Machine Stops," people have put their entire faith in a machine which eventually lets them down, and Communication is made as a kind of instant messaging/video conferencing machine called the speaking apparatus, with which people conduct their only activity, they sharing ideas and knowledge. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato distinguishes between people who mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who do see the truth, the cave represents people who believe that knowledge comes from what we see and hear in the world empirical evidence. The cave shows that believers of empirical knowledge are trapped in a ‘cave’ of misunderstanding, Although, the prisoner managed to break his bonds and soon discovered that his reality was not what he thought it was and in “The Machine Stops," it’s a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Now they live in isolation below ground in a standard 'cell ', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the
However, if someone was to listen to their boss, it could be seen and in return a promotion could be rewarded to the person. In “The Allegory of the Cave”, Plato’s idea of the human who escaped the cave, but came back to tell about his learnings but the other people in the cave did not want to listen to him since they believed that the cave was the real truth and did not want to be educated about the outside
The cave representing the world we live in and the people who believe that knowledge comes from only what we see and hear. It reveals that believers of empirical knowledge are trapped in a cave of misunderstanding. The chains representing the abuse of advancements in society such as cellphones, television and computers. Society is so trapped in technology that they rely on what they see and hear to be true instead of seeking it out for themselves and further advancing their knowledge of the world around them. The shadows on the wall represent the perceptions of those who believe empirical evidence ensures knowledge.
At the beginning of Part I, the allegory of cave by Plato's Republic emphasizes how sense experience serves as an important role for the gaining of true knowledge. He demonstrates how the shadows created by the puppeteers influence the prisoners' minds to view the world (Plato 5-6). However, I think that sense experience has its own limitations hindering the way to explore new knowledge. First limitation is that inference from sense experience may come up a misguided premise because of the weak relationship in between. Aristotle proposed that things in nature are nonbeing, potential being and actual being (Lindberg 22).
But as his eyes adjusted, the newly freed prisoner would be able to see beyond only shadows; he would see dimensions and reflections. The escaped prisoner represents the Philosopher, who seeks knowledge outside of the cave and outside of the senses. Here, the Sun represents philosophical truth and knowledge and the Prisoner’s intellectual journey represents a philosopher’s journey when finding truth and wisdom. In a way this allegory represents Plato’s idea that knowledge cannot be transferred from teacher to student, but rather that education consists in directing student 's minds toward what is real and important and allowing them to apprehend it for
“Whereas, our argument shows that the power and capacity of learning exist in the soul already;” (Plato). Spoken by Socrates in reference to the philosophy of life, this quote depicts the meaning of broadening our horizons in order to gain knowledge and escape the shackles that confine us in the form of deceit. This quote is portrayed in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as the prisoners detained in the cave are deluded by their perception of reality, and the prisoner that escapes loses that distorted world and becomes enlightened. The cave is a representation of the hidden lies in which the prisoners are provided as the premises of their knowledge and are restrained from the truth to remain ignorant. Ultimately, one of the prisoners discovers that the world in actuality is