Oedipus, The King And Allegory Of The Cave - Comparative Analysis Essa

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In Sophocles’ play, Oedipus, the King, there are various instances where Oedipus tries to escape his destiny—enlightenment—only to discover the truth that he cannot. Similarly, in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” the prisoner travails to understand and adjust to his newly visited environment. In both works, the men first had to realize their ignorance before they could begin to acquire knowledge and true understanding of the complexities of the human condition. Specifically, in Oedipus, the King, it was Oedipus’ illusion of himself as a man unequaled in leadership whereas in “Allegory of the Cave” it was the prisoner’s initial refutations of enlightenment being shown him until he realizes its intellectual, spiritual, and social …show more content…
Because of his imprisonment from early childhood in the unknowing darkness, he struggles not to come up toward the light—knowledge and understanding—when he is being lead to it; he has to be dragged. There, however, he grows ac-customed to the new sights and sounds and realizes that what he knew to be his reality were only those things that he saw through a medium—a silhouette. In that place, as Plato put it, it would first be easiest for him “to make out the shadows, and then the images of men and things reflected in water, and later on the things themselves.” Then, “easier to watch the heavenly bodies and the sky itself by night, looking at the light of the moon and stars rather than the Sun and the Sun’s light in the day-time.” Next, after realizing those things, that he had a responsibility to return to his old darkness, but this time to tell of the things he knew and to struggle towards new ends: as Plato said to Glaucon, “to watch over and care for the other citizens.” Moreover, and more importantly, to lead his inferiors in the knowledge of truth to-wards his position.

Oedipus, in Oedipus, the King, and the prisoner,

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