The Truman show and “The Allegory

The Truman show and “The Allegory of the Cave” are a great example of what human’s sees is the only truth they know. In Allegory of the Cave, Plato chained prisoners in a cave facing a blank wall and behind them is a fire that casts shadows onto the wall. Between the prisoners and the fire is a walkway which people shadows and objects that are shown on the wall.

The prisoners can only see the shadows which are the only truth they know. Plato then sets one of the prisoners free as he assumes that a free prisoner would find only the truth outside the cave. Plato also believes that the prisoner that was set free would come back to the cave and explain what’s been seen outside the cave to the others. As the other prisoners did not believe the things he saw were real. The life of Truman Burbank has been broadcast around the world since the day he was born. A man name Truman Burbank lives in a perfect and happy life where everything including the weather was controlled in a Hollywood dome. Truman Burbank has no idea that their hidden cameras in every corner of his world. He has literally been on television from the moment of birth.

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He was the first child to be adopted by corporation, Truman has had every moment of his existence captured by television cameras. Truman life is manipulated by media where nothing is real but has no idea it’s all fake. His life was well put together having no idea he was being watched every minute of the day and that everything he does was being viewed by millions of people all over the world. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a symbol for the contrasts between ideas and what humans perceive as reality.

Plato also argues that humans are the prisoners in the cave. Humans live in a world of shadows, where they do not see the reality of ideas. Truman was a prisoner in the cave, he only knew what he was being fed to believe, and when he tried to look for the truth, or rather look past what they were telling him, they would throw him curveballs to keep him from knowing the truth, and from doing what he wants to do.

The prisoners and Truman were completely in the dark without knowing the truth of what was happening outside the cave. The prisoners only see what is in facing them but doesn’t know what is outside of the cave. When one of the prisoners saw beyond the cave, the other prisoners became disclosed to his thoughts because they were frightened of what the reality actually is. Truman lived all his life not realizing beyond of what he saw but when he comes up to evading and leaving the set he rethinks and worries of what is going to be outside the set. While Truman discovers that he wanted to be set free, the prisoners become narrow minded and informs the freed prisoner not to know more than he supposed to.