Plato’s Cave Plato believed in the idea of a cave where prisoners were kept and shown images on a wall by fire and people holding up objects. The images that were projected was the only thing the prisoners knew existed. The people holding up the objects control what the prisoners see and what they know. This is the same in the movie Dear Frankie. Frankie is the prisoner being showed the images and his mother is the person holding the objects.
There are human beings in a dark cave, bound by chains and facing the wall; they see only shadows of themselves and the shadows that are shown to them by other human beings behind them. They have been there since birth, so what they see on the wall in front of them is what they perceive as reality. However, one is finally set free from his chains and thus is able to see the real reality; he is able to see the world as it exists not as it is shown to them. He sees the shadows, then reflections, then objects themselves, then the stars and the moon, and finally sunlight, which symbolises the actual nature of things or the truth. After having set eyes on the sun, this man cannot go back to the cave, to the dark, and see the world as he used to before he started contemplating the truth.
There were the bunk beds used at the camps but the main attraction was in the center where many visitors were around a semi tall structure and inside was a TV. The TV showed scenes of how Nazi doctors performed experiments I then understood the display was covered so children didn’t see the horribleness of what the prisoners had to deal with. On the other side of the TV there was a door of an actual gas chamber and even the chemical used to do the terrible task. This room also included a scale model of the death camps of how the prisoners lived on the sites and how some were sentenced to underground gas chambers. We then all walked into a room with glass walls.
They cannot turn their heads around; they can only look forward at the wall of the cave. A light comes to them from a fire burning some distance behind them. Between the fire and the chained men is a raised platform on which a low wall has been built. Behind the wall are people, like puppeteers, who carry all sorts of articles like statues of men and other living things which they hold above the wall. Some of the bearers speak and others are silent, as you might expect.” “I see,” said Glaucon [Socrates’ student].
Twelfth Night adaptations have a limitless number of techniques to accomplish this.The plays act four scene two only require that he be bound and placed in a dark room, information that Trevor Nunn still didn't abide by in his film. In Nunn's film, Malvolio is kept in a dark room, but has the freedom to move around. This freedom allows Feste, disguised as Sir Topas to talk face to face with the suffering Malvolio. Allowing for a close up between the two characters heightens the emotion played out on screen. These repeated number of close-ups provide his audience with a first hand account of Malvolio's condition in the dark room.
We are introduced to” human beings” who have been in this dark underground den since their “early childhood”, and have had their “legs and necks chained” ever since, preventing them from any kind of movement at all (FYR: 6). Since they are not able to turn their heads they can only see shadows which are projected to the walls by fire which is located directly behind them (FYR: 6). They are unaware that they are prisoners because of their present state since childhood. There is a path between the prisoners and the fire. This path is used by people who carry “all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials” on their heads (FYR: 6).
They are not learning the moral and life lessons that are usually taught at home by Mom and Dad, and instead they are learning about morality and life from teachers and through videogames and TV programs. The world today had too many options for people without morals. We have television and internet to influence us. Plato's theory on the Allegory of the Cave is somewhat intricate, but basic at the same time, he discusses The Allegory of the Cave in that we are chained to a wall (all facing the wall), behind us is another wall with figures walking across it, behind that wall is a pit of fire, the firelight casts shadows upon the wall in front of those chained to the wall (515). Because we are chained to that wall we are afraid of what could be behind us, we never look.
Plato refers to untutored humans as the chained prisoners who can’t be able to turn their heads in the cave. The cave represents the world humans live in for the things they see do resemble their true forms just like the prisoners could only see the shadows cast on the wall, hear the echoes produced by the real objects behind them. They could not be able to turn their heads to see the puppeteers walking behind them and the fire that is producing the light that enables the puppeteers reflect their real objects on the wall. It is easy for the prisoners to mistake reality for the images in appearance. If an animal shadow is cast on the wall, the prisoners will talk about having seen an animal thinking they have seen the real animal.
Behind the prisoners is a low wall, a walkway and a large fire that lights up the cave. Every once in a while, people walk across the walkway carrying objects and because the walkway is in front of the fire, it causes shadows to be cast against the wall in front of the prisoners – just like shadow puppets. They associate the sounds made by the people casting the shadows against the wall of the cave with the shadow itself because they know nothing better. This is the only reality they have ever known. The prisoners represent ignorant, less educated people who have not yet opened their minds to the philosophical truth – the intelligible realm.
1a) As Morpheus says: “When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit. It was he who freed the first of us, taught us the truth. As long as the Matrix exists the human race will never be free” (Matrix 6). The prisoners of the cave are trapped inside the cave. They don’t know about “real world” that is outside.