Richard Hoopman & Garrett Holt
We are examining Plato’s explanations of reality as depicted in The Allegory of the Cave
Plato believed the reality we exist in is merely a shadow of true perfection. We are unable to identify the truth of perfection, because our senses are only able to perceive the physical world around us. Truth is only obtained through logical thought, a reasoning which is completely deprived from physical reality. Plato divides thought and physical existence into two separate categorizes of being. The Allegory of the Cave demonstrates the fallacy of trusting physical
reality. Only by progressing through the different levels of Thought can true knowledge be obtained.
The movie The Island depicts an underground civilization tricked into believing a false reality. The main character questions his existence and, by rationalizing his situation, discovers the truth behind his being. The Island illustrates the fundamental point of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.