The Price of the Truth
Many things in life at first glance are nothing alike. Once seen they are often never compared because they appear unassociated, but sometimes if given a second thought similarities can be found. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”is about prisoners in a cave, and Ray Bradbury’s book “Fahrenheit 451” is about burning books. So what do they have in common? Well, if you take a closer look at both pieces you will see that they are more alike than unalike. Plato’s allegory mentions the sun which symbolizes the truth. In Fahrenheit 451 there is a character named Clarisse who also symbolizes the truth. The shadows on the cave wall symbolize the lies of society told to them through things like media, which is also
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“Life isn’t fair.” It’s been said a thousand times before, and Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” and Kurt Vonnegut's “Harrison Bergeron” prove this. But how can two seemingly different stories be so similar? Though Plato wrote his piece around 380 BC, and Vonnegut wrote his in the early 1960s, the two have a multitude in common. In a way, “Harrison Bergeron” is a modern retelling of “The Allegory of the Cave.”
“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickenson pairs best with the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The general theme of “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” is a slow acceptance of change, even when unpleasant. In Fahrenheit 451 a similar concept is displayed in Beatty’s speech about the history of book banning. “Speed up the film, Montag, quick… Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!”
The idea of denial lies in both the Allegory of the Cave and Fahrenheit 451. They both harness a huge theme of disbelief that shines in multiple characters. In Allegory of the Cave, a free prisoner runs back to the cave after being exposed to beyond the cave since it would take some time to get used to outside of the false reality: “Don’t you think he’d be bewildered and would think that there was more reality in what he’d been seeing before than in what he was being shown now?”. The denial in the actual reality shows that the prisoner has more faith in the false reality he has been always been living for a bit. Denial also prevails where the prisoner reports back to the prisoners still chained in the cave: “Wouldn’t they say that he’d come
In both of the cases, the author and the director used to method of symbolism to help them get their purpose across to the readers. Many objects in both of the stories were given a meaning and an assumed understanding of what it is symbolising. Shadows is something that is presented in both of the cases, in The Allegory of the Cave there were objects that walked past the fire behind the prisoners, which gave out shadows to the prisoners to see. The shadows represented the truth that was not allowed to be seen by the prisoners but was able to get a small sense of what it is. In The Truman Show, there was a character who played the role of the shadow for Truman.
Fahrenheit 451-1966 full movie version- Julie Christie The book is definitely unlike the movie. In the movie, the man gets a phone call from a lady telling him to get out of the house. The lady caller cries, “Get out quickly, you’ve got to get out of there!”
Both The Hunger Games and Fahrenheit 451 are examples of stories using dystopia. In both, many characteristics of dystopian societies are used. These common characteristics include the fact that citizens live in a dehumanized state, the society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world, and the citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. The first dystopian characteristic that The Hunger Games and Fahrenheit 451 have in common is that the citizens live in a dehumanized state.
In Ray Bradbury and Suzanne Collins’s dystopian novels Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games, their protagonists Guy Montag and Katniss Everdeen shared evident similarities. If closely looked at further, a couple of differences can be spotted as well. Although one may notice a few differences between the protagonists in Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games, there are actually more similarities than one may realize, such as both protagonists conform to the dystopian society in the beginning but object to it in the end, both create alliances along the way, and they are both confused about their relationships. In the two dystopian novels Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games, their protagonists Guy Montag and Katniss Everdeen do have a couple of differences.
In Ray Bradbury's “Fahrenheit 451”, the character Guy Montag is similar to the prisoner in “The Allegory of the Cave” because, Montag and the Prisoner were brought into the world with forced opinions and thoughts that shaped how they feel and think. Both Montag and the prisoner had nothing to look back on that showed a different opinion, so they were both stuck to believe anyone at face-value. These forced opinions however, were later changed after they were revealed by a character (the old man or Faber) and caused them to shed a whole new set of skin.
Plato’s Cave portrays prisoners captive in a cave and forced to look at the shadows projected on the wall in front of them for their entire life, until one of them is set free and allowed he choice of going back to the cave or leaving the cave . Many suggest that the novel Fahrenheit 451 represents the Allegory of the Cave given by the philosopher Plato; from the symbolism of the main character realizing the truth of his society and government, to wanting to know more about the situations around him and how they came to be, and finally making the decision to not go back to the society he grew up in. Some argue when Clarisse questions Montag about the actions of himself and
The differences and similarities between the book’s society and our modern day society really bulged out at me while I was reading the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’. In Fahrenheit 451, books are banned. And instead of having firemen that put out fire, the firemen start the fire to burn down books and houses. There are many differences and similarities between our modern day society and the the society in the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’. Such as our Government, Technology, and Behavior.
Education, a life-altering event that involves the development of being more open- minded. When one’s horizons expand they begin to have a shift of perception. The process of becoming knowledgeable through education can differ from the individual or situation. It can also have one acquire gratitude for their change of insight. Two passages, “Learning to Read” by Malcom X and “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, each contain an individual who goes through the path of gaining wisdom.
Knowledge In The Odyssey VS Farenheit 451 Knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education: theoretical or understanding of a subject. In the epic poem, the Odyssey, Odysseus is the true definition of knowledgeable by the way he gets through the struggles of his life. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag uses his knowledge to oppose the world he lives in. This common theme, knowledge, is important in Fahrenheit 451 and the Odyssey; they have many differences and things in common when dealing with this.
“The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, and A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt all have in common a person that is challenged by a group of people on their beliefs, ideas, as well as knowledge. In “The Allegory of the Cave”, one person is challenged based on his knowledge about the world outside the cave. Next, An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, Dr. Thomas Stockmann is challenged by the people of his town on his belies of the water being contaminated that later is proven to be true because he sends a sample to be tested. Lastly, A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, Thomas More is challenged by King Henry and his followers on his idea of divorce because he is dedicated to the Catholic Church which doesn’t approve of King Henry divorce. Furthermore, I believe Dr. Thomas Stockmann is a greater hero than Thomas More.
The Connection Between Fahrenheit 451 and “Allegory of the Cave” Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is clearly written with the intention of paralleling the themes of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”. It is no accident that Fahrenheit 451 shares similar story elements with the allegory. Both stories are similar in that they both have: a group of captives who believe a certain axiom, a person who deviates from that group to enlighten himself, and a violent reaction when the person returns to tell of his new views. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag is most like the prisoner. While entertainment, namely television, keeps society in captivity, Montag is free from those things.
They both have chains that at first hinder them from movement, and also people apart from themselves that influence their actions and ideas in some way. In addition, the evidence of a taxing journey on the person who has just been released of their chains ties the two works together. The two men of each story experience all of these things to reach an insight that completely contradicts everything they had once known. Essentially, when analyzed through the lens of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Stranger Than Fiction can be viewed in a more exciting and significant