Allegory Of The Cave Essay

2387 WordsMar 10, 201210 Pages
The book VII of The Republic by Plato revolves on the role of education in human life. He present a metaphor of the Allegory of the Cave that depicts on the prisoners of the den who were, all their lived in the dark, with their legs and necks are chained so their head cannot move, and all they see were shadows coming from the huge fire ignited on their backs. This state of darkness is equated to ignorance while the moment when a prisoner was exposed to the real world indicates enlightenment and being educated. “…if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look toward the light, he will suffer sharp pains..” Every one of us would certainly feel unusual if taken out from our comfort zone or if something we’ve got used to gone through a drastic change. May it be positive or negative, our adaptation would define how we can cope with the new environment or replacement. There may be discomfort but this change is essential for development. For instance in education, some may find learning a new topic complex and adjustments may take some time, and in the process, difficulties are sure to b encountered. “…when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the den and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would felicitate himself on the change, and pity him? … I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner.” Once adapted, people would experience the same state where they are from; the one they got used to, and the comfortable one. They would feel at ease with the change that would never imagine themselves going through the previous state again. This is when the change is good or beneficial, person will readily embrace it like acquiring knowledge. “..the

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