AmericanBeautyobservation

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Observations on the Allegory of the Cave and American Beauty Dr. Michael Sudduth Thesis: The film American Beauty confirms and reinforces several of the important insights of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” I. The film shows that the distinction between appearance and reality is deeply embedded in every day experience and underlies everyday conflicts with our self and other people. A. Judgments about what’s valuable in our life: 1. Lester’s life has seemed satisfactory, but he realizes it isn’t. 2. Carolyn thinks her work as a real estate agent is a source of satisfaction, but ultimately it isn’t. B. Judgments about identity and character: 1. Angela presents herself as experienced and confident, but she’s not. 2. Colonel Frank Fitz appears to be a staunch heterosexual male, but he is in fact homosexual and suppressing this side of himself. II. The film shows the difficulty of recognizing and navigating the difference between appearances and reality in our life. How do we know what is real or genuine, and what is
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