Plato 's The Cave Essay

1274 Words Sep 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Plato wrote once “Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner” (Plato, 3). Which means, it is better to live a low life and have all its problems than to pretend to be someone you are not. He also wrote many books, including The Republic, Crito, Apology, and many more (“Popular Plato Books”). Plato’s The Republic talks about many subjects, including how he thought a person learned. He tells about an “Allegory of the Cave”, a story told by Socrates to one of his students, Glaucon, and written by Plato, explaining how a person comes into knowledge. It tells of people in a cave facing a wall, chained so they are unable to move their body or head and turn around. They could only look at the wall and the shadows cast along the wall by people and animals walking by the cave entrance. They could solely hear their own voices, those around them, and the echo off the wall from when people and animals passed by and either said something or made noise. The chained people would then converse and name the shadows and their sounds. Next, suppose a person from the outside came and freed a chained person and led them to the outside. They would experience pain from having to stand and move and from the brightness of the outside. The now unchained person would “require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he would see the shadows the best, next the reflections of men and other objects…

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