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while the men went away to work, but very few people at the time questioned why things were that way. Plato also thought the person who escapes from this “cave” is enlightened such as philosophers who question reality or spiritual guides like Jesus. Furthermore, Plato believed the world outside the cave was where understanding of important ideas occurred; where there were concepts of courage. For example, the famous entertainer Madonna, left her “cave” and the world she knew, when she dropped out of college and travelled to New York City with almost no money in her pocket. She showed courage and became enlightened eventually when she was recognized by record dealing companies. Plato also though that the person who escapes from the cave, returns and tries to show others “the light,” the truth, and what is actually important. Similarly, Madonna returned to her hometown to show her father what she had accomplished. There are many other people who live in their own ‘cave,’ often known as their comfort zone/safety zone. For example, teenagers who follow in their parents’ footsteps, instead of leaving that safety zone and taking the courage to become their own person. If Plato were to watch Inception he would say the dream world is like a cave because people can become trapped in it. Similarly, Mal and Dom Cobb became trapped in Limbo for a very long time; long enough for Mal to accept her world the way it was. Mal represents chained people according to Plato’s theory because she did not question the reality of Limbo, “The truth she had once known, but she chose to forget. Limbo became her reality,” said Dom Cobb. Plato would classify Dom as a person who escapes from the cave/dream world and is enlightened by what is actually real, because Dom knew that Limbo was superficial and fake. However, in order for Dom to convince his wife their world was fake and unreal, he had to plant that idea in her head. Little did he know that when they do awake from Limbo, that idea of Mal’s world being
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  • Spring '11
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