Allegory of the Cave Expository Essay

Topics: Pain, Suffering, Fahrenheit 451 Pages: 3 (851 words) Published: January 30, 2013
The Allegory of the Cave Expository Essay

Everybody has heard the sayings with the meanings of ignorance is bliss and you never know what you have until you lose it, but many people have not had them actually apply to their lives. In Fahrenheit 451, The Truman Show, and Plato’s The Republic, the characters truly know the meaning of the quotes because they live them. The characters Truman, the prisoner, and Montag in the three stories who escaped the “cave” were better off in their world prior to escaping because they were happier, they suffered pain exiting the fake world, and they were not in as much danger (appositive phrase).

Some people could say the characters were justified in leaving the cave. They did gain more knowledge after all. They knew much more after they came into the light than before. They found out the truth which was positive because it is usually good to know what is true rather than false. And they were more independent people afterwards. They didn’t have to rely on the other people in their life such as the people making shadows in The Republic, Christof in The Truman Show, and the government in Fahrenheit 451.

Although the characters found truth and knowledge, Montag and Truman were happier in their ignorant life. When Montag worked as a fireman burning books, he “grinned the fierce grin” of all men who liked their jobs (4). He was satisfied with his life and his working as a fireman (gerund phrase, object of preposition). After he found out books were indeed good, he was unhappy, aggressive, and in danger for his life. Also, after Clarisse asked if Montag was happy or not, “he felt his smile slide away” and he realized “he was not happy” (10). Montag was blissful before Clarisse asked that question, but the question made him melancholy. He only realized he was not happy after he started his journey out of the cave. In Plato’s allegory of the cave, after he escaped the cave he “will not be too ready to laugh” because he was...
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