Path To Truth Essay

1070 words - 5 pages

Truth is a difficult process. In order to find the truth, one must overcome many barriers that blur the truth. In The Republic by Plato, he describes truth as the false truth and the real truth in a cave. The false truth is fed by others, requires little critical thinking and is easily manipulated. The real truth can only be reached by effort to seek for truth, which requires time while also discarding lies from others. In the cave, puppeteers represent people in the society who manipulate, and the prisoners represent people who are manipulated. The puppeteers cast shadows that act as barriers toward the real truth, the shadows are the false truth that are projected to the prisoners. In Don't Let Stereotypes Warp your Judgment by Heilbroner, stereotypes affect a person's effort to find truth by creating a filter that causes himself to become both the puppeteer and the prisoner by casting a shadow to intercept his vision, blurring away from the real truth. In Othello by Shakespeare, Iago, being the manipulator, starts out jealous of two other characters, Othello and Cassio. Iago later manipulates Othello to think that his wife and Cassio are having an affair. Othello who is being casted the perspective of the false truth, he understands the stereotype the society has toward his skin color and loosen his control to find the real truth and believes the false truth from Iago. Iago deceive truth in a way that the false truth is casted onto Othello and other characters, confusing Othello in the path to the real truth. Othello faces blockades that exist throughout the story which tragically affect his actions, as blockades are cleared, Othello regrets what he has done as the real truth is revealed.
The encounter with the false truth is unavoidable, the false truth often mislead one to the opposite side of the real truth. When one is lost in the path to truth, the real truth is hidden in the dark and the false truth would be praised as the real truth, "Then the prisoner would in every way believe that the truth is nothing other than the shadows of those artifacts" (Plato). People who are blinded with the false truth are incapable to see the real truth, they lived in the dark where they cannot sense that the position of the false truth has taken the value of the real truth. The real truth can be reached when a person escapes from the false truth, being able to see everything himself and discarding the knowledge from the false truth,"In the knowable realm, the form of the good is the last thing to be seem and it is reached only with difficulty"(Plato). The step to the real truth is to overcome many difficulties that block one from the real truth, looking at the world after discarding knowledge from the false truth will allow the person to observe the world in a different way.
In Othello, the false truth is casted as a the real truth, the misconception of the two truth manipulates the characters' action. Iago being the manipulator, plot out plans to...

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