The Allegory of the Cave

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Groff 1 Kirstyn Groff Ms. Campbell Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” Response Questions 8/15 Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” Response Questions Q1: The cave in Plato’s allegory represents the reality we chain ourselves in. The chains being our inner selves fear of letting go of the reality we created. We allow the chains to hold us back because we don’t have the courage needed to free ourselves. We lock ourselves in the darkness of the cave that puts a blanket over our eyes to blind us from the light. The light at the end of the cave represents the good in life, the perfection in the world in front of us. The shadows that are able to be seen in the cave are the illusions that we allow ourselves to believe is real, what we created, or what we wanted to see instead of what is truth. Q2: When Plato compares silver and good to virtue and wisdom he is trying to relay the foolishness of men when the put more value in material things rather than things, such as virtue and wisdom, which are eternal and matter the most in life. Those who live in their own realities work to gain material things rather than gaining knowledge. “Then, I said, the business of us who are the founders of the State will be to compel the best minds to attain that knowledge which we have already shown to be the greatest of all—they must continue to ascend until they arrive at the good;…” ("Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"" 50 Essays A PORTABLE ANTHOLOGY. THIRD ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011, 2007, 2004. 293-99. Print.) We blind ourselves from what is truly important, what should mean the most, and what would be the most fulfilling in life. We put ourselves in our own realities and put value in things that we think are important and allow the darkness to blind us when we should be working towards gaining knowledge because knowledge is what we need in order to open our eyes and
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