Dance Dance Dance Essay

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Enlightenment in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Haruki Murakami: Dance Dance Dance Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a complex philosophical theory of reality versus illusion. In summary the allegory of the cave expresses a fundamental philosophic theory, the “Theory of Forms”. This is where ones perceived reality is in fact only a shadow of the true reality. Plato also uses this theory to represent the state of human existence, and the transformation that occurs during philosophical enlightenment. (Christensen, 2010). “Set free and forced suddenly to stand up, turns his head, and walk with eyes lifted to the light; all these movements would be painful, and he would be too dazzled to make out the objects whose shadows he had been used to see.”(Cornford, 229). This line is an allegory for enlightenment perception of the truth where minor concerns of the world as previously viewed are now seen as falsely held perceptions (Christensen, 2010). Haruki Murakami, through the novel “Dance Dance Dance” evidently integrates such theories into the underlying theme of the novel. He uses plot setting to develop the ideas of reality versus illusion and character developments to express the ideas of enlightenment. Murakami, through such device expresses how enlightenment is finding one’s unique purpose in life and not being tied down and conforming to social norms. Even though in his novel several characters fail to achieve enlightenment there are still those who reach it. Murakami describes the people of a modern capitalist society as walking shells of themselves. Soulless beings, believing and living to what society deems to be the norm and blindly eating what society feeds them. “Work, mechanically, without thinking.”(Murakami, 11). Evidently, the citizens of Tokyo, the metropolis city that the story takes place in is a prime example of such capitalist society. “The giant

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