Essay on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

725 Words Nov 30th, 2014 3 Pages
(flow of events) Plato's allegory of the cave describes a group of prisoners living in a dark cave. They are bound in chains preventing them from moving easily. Being stuck in the same place and position all the time, they have nothing to do but stare at the wall in front of them. A fire casts a light against that wall on a platform in the cave. While people on the outside of the cave go their own business, the objects they carry cast unclear shadows on the wall. As a result, the prisoners in the cave spend their time trying to figure out what the shadows represent, assuming that sounds from the outside came
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This idea of reality is represented by the outside world that Plato described.

Released prisoner - represents the philosophers, because they seek for the truth and reality than settling for what is immediately known to them.

Return of the prisoner – represents that people are scared of knowing philosophical truths and do not trust philosophers.

Sun - symbolizes the measure of the greatest goodness. It somehow symbolizes God.

In designing our 3D model of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave we used shoe box, newspapers, cardboard, crepe papers with colors black, brown and green, tissues, paints and a yarn.
Shoebox - represents as a ground or the holder of all the elements.
Newspapers – to recycle papers and to shape the elements presented.
Cardboard - wall that serves as a barrier.
Crepe papers - to have proper textures of the cave and the surroundings.
Black & brown - can show literally the darkness inside the cave and the darkness felt by someone that is blind of the truth.
Green - symbolizes new life.
Paints – to emphasize the color and beauty of seeing reality.
Tissues - to have proper textures of the elements presented.
Yarn – used to fetter the hands and necks of the prisoners.


The purpose of these metaphors is to illustrate that what you see is

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