Analysis Of Plato And Bacon's Allegory Of The Cave

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Since the dawn of time, societies have argued about the origins of true knowledge and whether it was a gift brought forth by a divine power or a direct consequence of self-discovery. Through, the ages, many notable writers such as Plato and Bacon provided their own views on the source of knowledge. In his short story the “Allegory of the cave”, Plato claims that by identifying our identities and breaking through the barriers created by our false perception, we will be able to access that source of true knowledge buried deep inside our minds. To illustrate this point, Plato uses metaphors, similes, and direct comparisons to establish relevance to the reader and life to the text. Likewise, Bacon elaborates on Plato’s ideas regarding the barriers …show more content…
As Plato and Bacon establish their claims, about the infatuation of human nature to perceive everything and believe anything that is solely based on senses has led to barriers such as the wall or the idols blocking the path of true knowledge. This “infatuation” can be seen in modern day American culture, where the assessment of self-worth is defined by contemporary materialistic items that reflect a false identity that many believe will fill the emptiness of “true” knowledge. This can be seen readily on television shows and mass media that hold no true knowledge but rather idle conversation that alter the perception of reality and cloud our own identities. However, such shallow assessments of knowledge are believed to be false by both Plato and Bacon, because they don’t represent true knowledge but an empty reflection. For example, Bacon believes that the only way for man to finally reach illumination or the “true” source of knowledge is to become new as reflected in his quote “The entrance into the kingdom of man, founded on the sciences, being not much other than the entrance into the kingdom of heaven, whereunto none may enter except as a little child” (Bacon 893). Similarly, Plato believes that through questioning everything around even ourselves as true or false can we only then reach the source of knowledge. Therefore, in order to obtain true knowledge we must first, understand ourselves through questioning and self-realization. Throughout, both literary works Plato and Bacon reecho the principal idea that our dependence on our human senses to guide us, has created an impenetrable barrier that averts us from finding our individual “true” sources of knowledge and the only way for us to overcome that hindrance is to find ourselves where the “true” source of knowledge

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