|the great actor Orson Welles.) An allegory is a story where the elements are symbolic. What do you see as the symbolism of the cave, the shadows on the wall, the prisoners, the man who escapes, the daylight outside? Do you know of other stories that make similar points? The story assumes there are major difference between “appearances”|
Discussion TopicI’m Done GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISCUSSIONS: Your contributions should be thoughtful and developed. Answer all parts of the question and use concepts from the course materials. Use a professional style of communication, with attention to grammar, spelling, and typos; cite your sources. Answer ONE of following questions and give a substantive response to at least two other students. OPTION 1: THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE For ts discussion, we will reflect on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and relate ts plosopcal story to our study of the arts. (Search YouTube to hear it narrated by the great actor Orson Welles.) An allegory is a story where the elements are symbolic. What do you see as the symbolism of the cave, the shadows on the wall, the prisoners, the man who escapes, the daylight outside? Do you know of other stories that make similar points? The story assumes there are major difference between “appearances” and “reality,” and that “reality” is superior. What does ts mean for the arts? Arts and letters may present “appearances” quite unlike what they are depicting. In short, the style of the arts is often not “realistic.” Does ts mean that what the arts convey is always more like illusion than reality? Use an example and explain your tnking. Have you ever accepted an illusion as reality? How did you recognize that you were mistaken? Did that recognition change you in any important way, or was it more like a minor correction to your perception? Do you tnk that people today live in a world of “shadows”? Are we imprisoned in some way, with our minds shackled? Explain your tnking. OPTION 2: ART, ILLUSION, AND REALITY Read from Book X of Plato’s about art and imitation. Describe how ts conversation between Socrates and Glaucon relates to the Allegory of the Cave? Given the information about reality, illusion and the arts from both sources, what do you tnk Plato’s position on the arts is? Do you agree or disagree? Why? Now, provide an example from one of the arts that you tnk could be used to illustrate Plato’s position on the arts and explain how it does.