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The Connection Between Plato’s Cave Theory And Three Films

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Plato’s Cave Theory justifies prisoners being held in a cave since childhood. While the prisoners are confined in the cave, the only thing that they can see is the wall that they are in front of. Behind the prisoners is a giant fire; between the fire and prisoners is a walkway where puppeteers can walk. The puppeteers, who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners are unable to see these puppets, the real objects that pass behind them. What the prisoners see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they do not see. To the prisoners the shadows represent reality, thus the prisoners’ mistaken appearance for reality. They would think that the shadows that they see on the wall are real. However, they would know nothing of the real causes of the shadows. Plato’s Cave Theory ideology is akin to The Matrix, Total Recall and The Truman Show.
Foremost, Plato’s Cave Theory ideology is akin to The Matrix. In the film, Thomas Anderson as known as “Neo” is confined in “The Matrix” a simulation of the world in 1999. He is shown reality by a man named Morpheus and is taken to the real world. After Anderson finds out the truth about “The Matrix” Agents start attacking him because they do not want Anderson to free civilianization from the simulation world known as “The Matrix”. This is akin to Plato’s Cave Theory because the prisoners are confined in a cave and are shown shadows that they think represented reality. However, when one of them is freed, the person could finally confront the world as it is. Therefore, the person would realize that the shadows are an appearance and that the objects that the puppeteers are holding are not real. When the person tries to return to the cave to share his new knowledge on reality, he would be scorned. The main idea is that in both Plato’s Cave Theory and The Matrix somebody realized the truth about reality and tried to free the victims of appearance for reality.
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