What are similarities between Plato's allegory of the cave and the film The Village?

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village share striking similarities in theme. Plato’s allegory deals with themes of ignorance and being indentured—if not enslaved—to second-hand projections of reality. The Village and its characters live under this same force. The characters in The Village are governed and held by shadows, much like those chained in Plato’s cave, and much like Plato’s allegory, if those in the village manage to see the projections for what they are and attempt to break free from the cave, they face the risk of death from those still trapped in the cave.

In Plato’s allegory, the idea is that we as humanity are chained to a wall in a cave and shown shadows of life. We are told that those shadows are the reality and truth of life; however, reality and truth truly exist outside of the cave—where we cannot reach. The essential idea of this narrative is that shadows are controlled and manipulated, and those manipulated shadows keep...

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