Platos Cave Essay

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Plato’s Cave Plato’s cave includes prisoners locked up in a cave by hand and feet with their heads in a fixed position so that the only thing they can visibly see is the wall in front of them. Shadows appear on the walls seen in front of the prisoners allowing them to think the shadows are the reality of what is outside of the cave. Little do the cave prisoner’s know, the shadows are produced by a fire burning at the cave’s entrance and allows the objects being carried by the fire to produce shadows that reflect off the wall. The prisoner’s that are kept in the cave are to believe the cave is reality. If you then took one of the cave dwellers into the real life, they would feel threatened by the bright sunlight shining directly into their eyes. The cave dwellers reality is the cave and the shadows seen on the caves wall, when really the reality is outside the cave with bright sunlight and people all around. The activity we call philosophy is the royal road of reason. It can lead us out of the cave and show us what is real. It can also guide us in living our lives. In the movie, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ there is a relation to Plato’s cave allegory throughout the movie. The main character Dorothy ends up in a “dream land” filled with a Scarecrow (Hunk), Tin Man (Hickory), and the Cowardly Lion (Zeke) that therefore are make believe. During the movie they are on a mission to find the wizard, hoping the wizard will be able to give them answers to the questions they have and explain the odd dreams Dorothy seems to be having. The dreams seem to keep having a Glinda, the Good Witch of the North and a Wicked Witch of the West, obviously the good witch telling her the positive things to go and do and the bad witch telling her the complete opposite, trying to keep her away from doing the things Dorothy really needs and wants to do. Though between the two witches, it helped to

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