The Main Elements Of Plato 's Cave

1152 WordsOct 9, 20165 Pages
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light” – Plato In this paper the main elements of Plato’s cave will be described along with a short explanation of Plato’s theory of forms, which is what the cave allegory is attempting to address. A brief description of the plot of the movie “The Island “will follow. This will be followed by an explanation of how the movie correlates to the elements of Plato’s cave. Finally, the conclusion will discuss what Plato was hoping to achieve with the cave allegory. Over the course of many years Plato, the great Greek philosopher, wrote in his dialogs about his beliefs about reality. His theory of forms was meant to answer metaphysical questions such as what exists; what is real? According to Ian Bruce “the theory basically postulates the existence of a level of reality or world inhabited by the ideal or archetypal forms of all things and concepts. Thus a form exists for objects like tables and rocks and for concepts such as beauty and justice.” Plato discusses how objects and concepts change over time (what our senses perceive), and also how all objects and concepts have a “form” or basic essence which transcends time. Reality for Plato is the form of an object or concept. The cave allegory attempts to explain Plato’s theory of forms. In Plato’s cave prisoners are seated and shackled so they cannot move their heads from side –to- side. They
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