The Allegory Of The Cave Essay

975 WordsDec 14, 20144 Pages
Iakovos Vasiliou, an associate professor of philosophy in Brooklyn College, once said “The only thing we know for certain is that nothing is certain.” This is the main philosophy behind both Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”, and the renowned sci-fi movie “The Matrix.” Both works deal with escaping a false reality while unveiling a real one. In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”, the escaped prisoner synonymous to the character Neo in “The Matrix”, exhibiting a shared theme behind both plots. Socrates suggest that with effort, all that is beautiful and right can become visible or apparent to the prisoner, where as in The Matrix, Neo is called to a similar fate, under the premise that the zenith of existence for both the prisoner and Neo is enlightenment. When Morpheus first meets Neo he explains to him “You are a slave neo, like everyone else you were born into the bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison, for your mind.” When Neo’s is called to wake up on the computer he is completely confused, just like the prisoner is when he escapes the cave and sees light for the first time. The prisoners in the cave don’t know or think they are prisoners; the cave is the only reality that they’ve ever known. Plato defines this reality as ignorance because they don’t know the totality of life or knowledge, although they make dogmatic claims about their perceptions of the world as true. When Morpheus offers Neo the choice between the blue pill

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