He is known for his truthfulness, and for the fact that he is a seer with whom Apollo speaks, but he does not always want to tell the truths he knows. He realizes that what he knows about Oedipus will cost both himself and Oedipus much, and therefore does all he can to avoid telling that truth. This conflict allows the audience to understand that, even though the play is the retelling of an old myth, the people in it are human, fully realized
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.
Although this point of power is very different from the point of power in The Prince, Machiavelli talks about in order to maintain power you must be more feared than loved. In this case I think that the other prisoners were in fear of hearing what the other prisoner had told them. They were in fear of change, which does not follow the idea being feared is better than being loved. From this contrast, this leads me into Machiavelli’s The Prince and its power told within the
One way is with our senses, which is ought to be inaccurate. Plato’s theory tells us that when the prisoners were observing the shadows their senses made them believe that the shadows were ‘real’. However, they were simply shadow of the actual object behind them. The other way is the truth, the bigger picture of what we saw in the shadows, the real objects. This theory shows us how our senses only play a small role when uncovering the truth and in some cases it could just be a complete lie like
After seeing the truth and realizing that his life in the cave was a lie, he would naturally feel compelled to free the other prisoners and bring them into the truth and knowledge. Socrates uses the sun to describe how the light from the sun illuminates the prisoner’s ability to see the real object rather than the illusion of the shadow. Socrates uses the sun as an example to depict how the light from the sun illuminates the truth.
Had he taken the prisoner to the jail himself, it would have weighed heavily on his conscience, while turning him loose could have meant capture or death anyway. But, if Daru had taken the prisoner to complete safety, it could have meant trouble with the law for him, too. And, unfortunately, it appears some of the prisoner’s acquaintances were ready to dish out some justice of their own, not knowing the full truth themselves. It appears, from the context of the story, that the protagonist was a nice man, and was not partial to treating people poorly. This was evident when he refused to take the prisoner to the jail himself.
The Emperor 's New Clothes also “dramatizes the dangers of habitual blindness in the name of social discretion.” Basically it means that this story is meant to open the eyes of those who are “blind” and just follow the crowd as if they have no brain of their own. However, as a result of a child’s ignorance, children do not seem to understand what society “requires” because they tend to do the noblest and bravest things. According to Hollis Robbins, “the child does not see invisible labor.” Everyone played along and said that the outfit was so worthy and magnificent while nobody actually saw anything. However, the child was the only one to admit that the king was not wearing clothes because everyone else was afraid that people would think that they are impure; but with that one confession everyone was finally able to say the truth. Oh the “self-delusion of adults and the literal-mindedness of children” (‘Spotlight on Literary Elements’).
Matthew, Tiresias did appear to be the representer of the "truth" that Oedipus so despretely wanted to know. The conversation between Tiresias and Oedipus was an interesting turning point in the play since Tiresias was the one telling the truth and Oedipus did not believe him. Oedipus would find out the hard truth at the end of the story though. It struck me when Tiresias said “You ridicule me and call me blind, but your eyes cannot see your own corruption.” This is because even though Tiresias was literally blind and was ridiculed by Oedipus, he knew the truth. In a way, he was able to see more than Oedipus himself.
The prisoner also believes he knew what was his future based on where he was at the time, until he ventured out and discovered things weren’t as easy as they seem. Upon his realization, that things were not as he perceived them, he had to adapt to the new way of thinking. Adaption is often scary, and many people will tend to avoid it at all costs. Some people deny the need to adapt, even though it is apparent that adaption is eminent, because of fear of the unknown. The chained prisoners are indeed in denial and not willing to believe their fellow prisoners new found thought because, it goes against their already perceived
When the person escapes from the chains, he realizes that he is ignorant on his ignorance. He learns that there is more to existence than these shadows. The struggle to get out of the cave is the person become more knowledgeable; once the person is out of the cave and his eyes are adjusted to the light, he has now been educated, which means he is good. The people in the cave are still ignorant, because the educated person good, he will help the others become educated. This will not be easy, the educated persons sight won’t be accustomed to the dim light, so he will have trouble seeing, also the ignorant people will be hard to help because of how ignorant they are they will call the educated person ignorant and slander him.
But the guards in Zimbardo’s experiment did some really awful things and Eshleman in particular, to this day speaks about the things he did very lightheartedly, finding it all a bit humorous. Perhaps we will never be able to judge the prison guards or Eshleman’s behavior but we now know something that they did not know: different situations will bring out different sides of us. We get the opportunity to practice what we believe and stand true to who we are; knowing that life may present us with uncomfortable scenarios. We now get to choose whether to stick with our morals or not and can no longer blame our behavior entirely on our situations. It is probable that we may still be influenced by what goes on around us but that should not deter us from trying to be the person we think we are our everyday lives.