Dooming Myths and Secret Allegories

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Dooming Myths and Secret Allegories Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” and Camus’ “Myth of the Sisyphus” both attempt to explain the way people think or why they act as they do. The stories demonstrate the same idea, “without exposure to change, thinking is limited and unawareness is the result.” Both stories illustrate moral and religious attitudes. The “Allegory of the Cave” demonstrates how humans are afraid of change and what they do not know. Plato represents man’s condition as being “chained in a cave” since childhood with their arms and legs immobilized as well as their heads. They are unable to turn around and witness the fire burning behind them. They perceive the world by watching shadows on the cave wall. The shadows are formed by others; they are unaware of, passing in front of the fire holding various objects. To make it seem more realistic when the shadow makers speak it sounds as though the shadows are conversing. This is the only reality the prisoners know even though it is only shadows. Sitting in darkness with the false light of the fire they do not realize that this existence is wrong or lacking. It is merely existence; they know no other or offer any complaint. The main point of the “Allegory of the Cave” is to give an example of the way we all live our lives. Plato represents earth’s inhabitants as seeing what we think is reality, as being only the shadow of true reality. The shadow makers in the story represent opinion makers in our life, or the people who shape our lives and guide us in how we look at the world. In our world it can be our parents, a religious figure, peers or a teacher. The shadows in the story influence thinking to the point that it is Owens 2 the only known way to live and the only thing important in the world. The “Allegory of the Cave” implies that we are all afraid of change

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