Allegory Of The Cave In The Great Gatsby

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These captives believed him to be wrong in his portrayal of reality. Why do they believe this? Going back to the beginning of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” the cave was created to represent a prison however, when thinking about prisons, chains and bars are the first things we think of. The reason being, we believe at this moment the prison is a physical object preventing the captives from moving. When the cave, in actuality, is their brains, the ignorance they allow themselves to hold onto. As captives, they are not being held this way by others, but rather by themselves. They allow their ignorance to create their reality, believing in this reality they close their minds off to other items that try to dissuade them from their reality. The quote “Ignorance is bliss,” is a quote that best applies to these captives. These captives are psychological captives, however, Plato used the “Allegory of the Cave,” to represent the psychological in a physical setting. However, in society these days we can apply Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” as a physical and a psychological prison. Social standards are items that can be considered as the physical prison that traps us, more so adolescents is the physical prison. The feeling of wanting to be accepted and respected within our peers is the cave that traps many of us is the…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald the character, Jay Gatsby, is an example of a captive in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” Jay Gatsby in reality was a poor farmer’s son by the name of James “Jimmy” Gatz. He created both a new personality and a new identity to fit into the lifestyle that the love of his life, Daisy, lived as well. He abandoned reality and created another image of himself that soon became his reality. Jay Gatsby created a reality where he was wealthy enough to gain the affection of Daisy. However, the Daisy he was still in love was the one from his past, not the Daisy who has changed through the years of

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