Allegory Of The Cave Commentary

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The Allegory of The Cave is a story about a man who had spent his life chained to a cave only seeing shadows from a fire behind him. One day, he is released and goes to see the wonders of his new world. Eventually, he returns back to the cave to tell the other prisoners about the wonders of the world however they did not recognize his distorted voice or his shadowed body. It is from there that Plato begins his commentary of what the allegory was trying to say. Many topics were discussed in his commentary however the most notable would be his commentary regarding how a successful state should be governed. Plato’s comments regarding The Allegory of The Cave gives insights into the inner workings of government, showing that a person's social …show more content…
According to the article, “a necessary inference from what has preceded, that neither the uneducated and uninformed of the truth, nor yet those who never make an end of their education, will be able ministers of State,” (The Allegory 1). This means that the uneducated of truth, and those who do not continue to learn throughout their lives can be an effective government leader. Intentions of a leader are a sign of their ability to lead their people. The same article describes the purpose and intentions of a good leader as such, “The intention of the legislator, who did not aim at making any one class in the State happy above the rest; the happiness was to be in the whole State, and he held the citizens together by persuasion and necessity, making them benefactors of the State, and therefore benefactors of one another; to this end he created them, not to please themselves, but to be his instruments in binding up the State,” (The Allegory 1). This shows that a true leader does not play favorites to certain people groups. A true leader focuses on the good of the people as a whole. There is an aspect of persuasion that was talked about which gives off connotations of making people do things they do not want to do, however the leader is suppose to focus on the good of the state. This is justifiable since the people were seen simply instruments of the state. From this excerpt, it can also be inferred that since the king is making decisions to better the country, he is in turn, making decisions that are against his own. Whether it be one reason or another or another there will be times when a king has to make tough

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