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Unformatted text preview: • Teacher was Socrates • Liked to employ Socratic methods (asking questions to move towards truth) • Fond of Dialogue and Dialectic o Dialogue is the literary form with characters o Dialectic is a method to form truth—ask questions and get answers Inside the Cave COM 204 Rhetoric, Plato, and the Cave 22-Sep-09 • An Allegory—events in the story stand for something else • World of Forms vs. World of Objects (Lived World) • Journey of the soul from ignorance to knowledge Pop Culture Uses of the Cave (The Real vs. the Imaginary) • Alice in Wonderland • The Matrix • The Truman Show • The X-Files • Vanilla Sky • Joe Millionaire • The Wizard of Oz Application to rhetoric from The Cave • Rhetoric can never reveal the Forms, but only their reflections • The contest of “making out shadows” is only the image of a skill, or a “knack” (as in the Gorgias )...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course COM 204 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Purdue.
- Fall '08