Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Thinking Outside The Box
Plato focuses on the point that if we don't expand our reasoning and thinking skills we'll forever be ignorant and not see beyond the shadows casted by the fire in the cave. However if we were able to think outside the box we'd be able to experience the outside light and become intellectuals escaping the "hell" that was inside the cave. Sartre uses a more literal form of hell being the room and their close minded thinking led them to continuously torture each other for eternity however if they were to overcome their initial judgements of each other according to Garcin they could be redeemed. Unfortunately none of the characters were able to help each other escape hell because they couldn't overcome their own ignorance. Sartre's version of hell was hell because it was very monotonous and never changed the environment and the way they thought similair to Plato's in that the prisoner's never saw beyond the shadows. Freedom of thought and expanding their mind only came when they were willing to make a change such as how change could've occured if the three dead characters from No Exit could've changed themselves.