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The Truman Show and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

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Liana Sanders

on 17 April 2014

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Transcript of The Truman Show and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

The Truman Show
and Plato's
Allegory of the Cave

Setting the Scene
Escaping the Cave
The Way Out
Everything we perceive in the material world is a representation of a concept. We cannot know what beauty is by looking at a rose, the same way the prisoners cannot know what a dog is by looking at its shadow.
Setting the Scene
"Would not the one who had been dragged like this feel, in the process, pain and rage?" -Socrates
Truman becomes angry at everything while he still is unsure of what is happening.
"It would obviously take some getting accustomed, I think, if it should be a matter of
taking into one's eyes that which is up there outside the cave, in the light of the sun."
Truman knows something is off but he lets others attempt to convince him otherwise.
"From the beginning people like this have never managed, whether on their own or with the help by others, to see anything besides the shadows that are [continually] projected on the wall opposite them by the glow of the fire." - Socrates
The Cave and the Fire
The Cave and the Fire
"Whenever one of the people walking behind those in chains (and carrying the things) would make a sound, do you think the prisoners would imagine that the speaker were anyone other than the shadow passing in front of them?" - Socrates
"Nothing else, by Zeus!" - Glaucon
"Whenever any of them was unchained and was forced to stand up suddenly, to turn around, to walk, and to look up toward the light, in each case the person would be able to do this only with pain and because of the flickering brightness would be unable to look at those things whose shadows he previously saw."
Truman's realization that something about his reality is constructed begins with the car radio interference.
"And if someone were [then] to show him any of the things that were passing by and forced him to answer the question about what it was, don't you think that he would be at wit's end and in addition would consider that what he previously saw [with is own eyes] was more unhidden than what was now being shown [to him by someone else]."
Truman still follows the logic of his "real" world, just thinks there's a conspiracy that has something to do with his dad being alive.
1. Can one reality be "more correct" or "more true" than another reality?

"If all this were to happen to the prisoner, what do you think he would say if someone were to inform him that what he saw before were [mere] trifles but that now he was much nearer to beings; and that, as a consequence of now being turned toward what is more in being, he also saw more correctly?" - Socrates
2. Was Christof justified?
• Felt justified in creating a fake world – believed that he sheltered an unwanted baby from “real” deceit of the real world
Technically, he never lied, he just never told the truth.

Truman sees behind the elevator
Truman runs to Marlon
"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." - Christof
"And if someone even forced him to look into the glare of the fire, would his eyes not hurt him, and would he not then turn away and flee [back] to that which he is capable of looking at?"
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