Summary Of Plato's Myth Of The Cave

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For this assignment, I chose to do Plato’s myth of the cave. When reading Plato’s myth of the cave I really didn’t understand what Plato was trying to illustrate. I never thought it would be a subliminal message to this story. When reading this story, I interpreted it a totally different way. I thought it was just a typical story about prisoners who were locked up for their entire lives and one day a guard had a change of heart for one of the prisoners so he decided to set him free. I was very surprised when finding the true meaning of this story. In the Symposium Diotima connects with Socrates when she gives a speech that mainly talks about the body being beautiful. Socrates is a dualist therefore he believes that it can be both a mind and a body either or it does not matter. It starts out with their being a boy a young boy at that. Young boys are normally attracted to beautiful bodies. If the body is beautiful the young boy will want to do …show more content…
That’s when I feel like Plato explains the moment in the Myth of the cave. He goes on to say what it would feel like if the prisoner could see everything for what it really is he says, “And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves.” (Plato, 1892, p.216). With the myth of the cave it doesn’t follow what I perceived as being “in the moment.” The interpretations that I get from that is something negative but truthful. It sends off a message that things aren’t always what they perceive to be. I feel as though Plato was trying to challenge the view of an empiricist, they believe that we interpret things through sensory

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