TrumanShow Critical Paper (Plato`s Allegory of the Cave)
Exploringnumerous facets of human experiences and issues of society, likeobsessions with entertainment and money, deceiving appearances, andsearch for the truth, helps individual reexamine themselves as wellas realizes how real life issues emanate from such experiences. Mostif not all philosophers, like Plato, have in the past and continue inthe present to question the world around them in order to understandit in a better way. Questions that concern reality and truth of theworld are among the first ones that philosophers ask.
Platoin the allegory of the cave makes a clear stand with regard to theshow. In the allegory of the cave, Plato strongly believes that mostpeople have tendencies of seeing reality as the visible world whereasin the real sense reality is more than just the visible world. Theallegory incorporates various assumptions that help make a clearunderstanding of what reality is. For instance, it assumes thatchaining hands and necks of a group of prisoners down in a cave wouldlimit their ability to see behind themselves. Lighting a fire behindthe prisoners would be of enormous significant to helping then seeshadows of images as they passed by the fire. With time, theprisoners were able to make clear identification of the shadows aswell as issue names to different shadows. Nevertheless, any attemptby any of the prisoners to climb out of the mouth of the cave wouldlimit his ability to see anything initially due to the light blindingpower. However, with time such a prisoner’s eyes would adapt to thelight in a gradual manner and eventually he would see the images in aclearer manner. In other words, the light help the prisoner see thetrue images and just the shadows of the images. It would be totallyimpossible for the prisoner to conform to his old world if they wereto go back to the cave. This is a clear portray of assumed victory ofknowledge over ignorance.
Boththe Truman show and the allegory of the cave clearly show theexistence of more than one reality there are numerous realities.Most people tend to see the reality that they were born into.Everyday life experiences shape people perspectives and views on whatreality is in the current world as well as what it is likely to belike in the future. What people see, hear, as well as act upon couldplay a vital role in altering their reality as it is presently justlike the prisoners in the cave. The shadows on the wall present onereality whereas the fire and objects that created the shadows on thewall presents the second reality. Indeed, as individuals adapt andundergoes various changes they witness various different realities,in other words, different stages of life make people experiencevarious versions of reality changes. People see life in differentways but something may occur that may change their perspective aboutlife hence, another reality takes shape.
Thetimeliness expressed in Plato’s allegory of the cave cannot gounnoticed. Even in the current society, most individuals are onlyaware of what they have been told. For example, a student may grasp awrong concept in class and if such a student lacks the curiosity tofind the truth for himself then he really will neither know orunderstand the correct concept. In a similar case, Truman initiallyexpressed such lack of curiosity and knowledge he only knew what hewas taught. He was satisfied with what he was taught and as such henever questioned anything. However, when he was no longer satisfiedof what he was told to believe, he started seeking more knowledge andbroke the chain with an aim of finding the truth. Undeniably, Trumanshow is a true representation of Plato’s allegory of the cave inthe modern times thus, people in the modern world can easilyunderstand the concept that Plato tried to put across in the pastdecades.
Truman’sreaction to unveiling the truth has many similarities to Plato’ssuggestions on what prisoner’s reactions would be. Christof triedto persuade Truman to remain within the world he created for him whenTruman was about to leave the studio. Christof claimed that no truthexisted in the outside world (real world) truth could only be foundwithin the world that he had created for Truman. Likewise, Platoargued that even if the sharpest prisoners would identify the shadowsas they passed by they would not envy awards, honors, or prizes thatwould be accorded to any of those that identified the shadows. Hefurther argued that he would choose to undergone any kind fsufferings rather than live a life similar to the one adopted by theprisoners.
Plato’sAllegory of cave nevertheless contrasts between ideas and what humanperceive as reality. Plato strongly argues that ideas go beyond thephysical world any thought of idea cannot be reversed or undone,tainted, or broken. Plato’s illustrations insinuate that theprisoners in the cave are human beings who mostly live in a world ofshadow where they rarely see the reality of ideas. They rarelyunderstand the path that can help them climb and come out of the cave(perceive and understand varied ideas) and be released from thechains of living in darkness. The process of perceiving andunderstanding ideas may be painful but once human beings successfulundergo and complete this process the clearly see the world as itshould be. Human beings have a tendency of seeing ideas as eternaland perfect, despite the many flaws that may be present in thesociety.
Undoubtedly,human experiences and real life situations create various realitieswitnessed in the society. Combination of individuals experiences intheir minds are the true presentation of what reality is. Most peopletend to live with their past life experiences and they stronglybelieve and define reality based on such experiences. As such it isextremely hard to change their reality for instance, a person who inthe past has experienced or encountered negative situations may viewmost things in a negative manner and that become his or her reality. Both the Truman Show and Plato’s allegory of the cave have manysimilar themes. The Truman Show may not be entirely based on Plato’sallegory but it raises similar pertinent questions of human existenceas well as alternate realities just as Plato’s beliefs andarguments. It is hard to fully understand the full concept ofrealities. Nevertheless, Plato works and Truman Show play asignificant role in illustrating on how knowledge and questioning canhelp and individual understand life in a better way.