Platos Cave Essay

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Tristan carter Allegory of the cave Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is told by Socrates and Glaucon. At the beginning of the story Plato establishes a cave in which prisoners are chained down where they cannot turn their heads to see what is behind them. They are also forced to look upon the front wall of the cave. Behind the prisoners are the puppeteers. They are behind the prisoners to cast shadows on the caves wall. The prisoners see the shadows on the wall but they think they are reality. They think this because they cannot see the puppeteers behind them plus they are in the dark. Once a few of the prisoners are released and they go out into the light and the see the sun they are confronted with knowledge. This happen because the sun is a metaphor for knowledge and the dark cave is a metaphor for ignorance or not knowing anything. In Plato’s text here it shows you where he says the sun is the knowledge. “This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun.” When the prisoners go out of the cave they see the puppeteers and the sun they realize that the shadows on the wall of the cave where not real and that they feel weird for thinking that. They are overwhelmed with all of the truth. When the prisoners return to the cave and see the other prisoner that were not able to leave the cave they start feel like they are a leader or like they have to tell the truth of what is really going on. But then they feel like they don’t fit in there anymore because they know too much or like they are surrounded by ignorance because the rest of the prisoners have no clue to what the actual reality is. For example if a group of people was to leave in area with way out from civilization by themselves not knowing that anybody else in the world existed but

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