Plato's Cave and the Construction of Reality in Post-Modern Texts

Analyse post-modern texts according to Plato’s cave and suggest how reality is constructed, commenting on its relevance and need in our modern era. Compare to classic texts where reality wasn’t as much of an issue. Why is it so important for us to have a constructed reality presented to us? Why can’t we go out and explore our own reality?

Suggestions of texts:
Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland
The Matrix
James Dashner – the Maze Runner
Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

Or any texts that have a constructed reality within.

  • I can see this going in so many different directions. Having just recently read Susanna Clarke's novel "Piranesi" I can also see how this theme would be really popular now, reflecting the various isolations of our pandemic circumstances. A writer may want to lean into some classic Jean Baudrillard/simulacrum, or Jean-Paul Sartre to compare differing ideas about how isolation distorts reality. – Grimoiria 2 weeks ago

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