Allegory of the Cave Essay

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  • Analysis Of Socrates's Allegory Of The Cave

    1. There is an underground cave in which prisoners are chained, since birth, and faced one direction, with no leeway to swivel their heads. All that they can see is the cave wall in front of them. Behind them there is a low wall where puppeteers come and do “shows” with various objects. The prisoners cannot see the actual object that is being shown, however, they can see the shadow of it because of the fire that is also behind them. They hear the echoes of the puppeteers voices behind them bouncing off the cave walls and mistake them for the voices of the shadows in front of them. This leads to a competition on who can best guess the next object that will be shown and explain what it is. They are rewarded for getting this right. One day, a prisoner is let loose to the outside world and has a hard time comprehending what, exactly, is real. He starts with the shadows of objects then reflections on the water. Next, he can see objects for what they really are, including the stars and the sky. He will, then, be able to see the sun…

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  • Plato Allegory Of The Cave Analysis

    In his allegory of the cave Plato describes that humans are basically blind to the world outside of their comfort zone. Plato’s cave allegory begins with a group of people living inside of a cave born and raised. One day one of the people is let out of the cave and he gets to explore the world outside. As he explores the world outside of the cave, he decides that he wants to go back to the cave and inform the others of what he had seen. When he returns no one seemed interested. Plato’s theory of…

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  • The Dangers Of Fear In Plato's The Allegory Of The Cave

    Of course not; although we know what our parents told us, we also know that we saw a real monster. It is not until we are shown the truth that we finally understand the words that were told to us many times before. In much the same way education cannot be something that a person simply receives; it has to be experienced before we can completely understand it. As Plato states in The Allegory of the Cave, education is not “like putting sight into blind eyes”; instead it is the process of turning…

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  • Allegories Of A Cave And The Allegory Of The Cave

    Bordos concept gender ideology and inequality, and Plato describing his concept of the allegory of the cave. I will argue that Bordo’s and Plato’s concepts both Identify that social pressures trap woman in their own bodies. Though I concede that when women think they need to look pretty or even have to cook, I nevertheless maintain a feeling about how Plato describes a way that people are locked down with theses shackles because it is what society is telling them they can and cannot look like.…

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  • The Cave: The Allegory Of The Cave

    The allegory of the cave represents Socrates theory regarding human perception. He believes that humans are prisoners that are kept away from the truth therefore they are ignorant. Without some instruction about the world humans will remain in a state of ignorance. Socrates uses several images to help deliver his intended connotation such as the cave, the prisoners, shadows, the game, puppeteers, the escape, and the return. The cave is a haven for the three prisoners chained up inside. The cave…

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  • 'The Allegory Of The Cave'

    In “the allegory of the cave” is about four individuals who are chained by their head, arms, and legs facing a wall, up a long stair way a fire is going and people are walking by caring sculpture. Now the people at in the cave only had this to go by so this what they believe what they thought was real life. One day someone come down and let one of them go but he was reluctant to leave his position, so the men began to push him to feet and up the stair case until they reach the up. The man who…

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  • Allegory Of The Cave

    The Allegory of the Cave is a hypothesis put into perspective by Plato, regarding human awareness. In the short story a group of prisoners have been confined in a cavern ever since birth with no knowledge of the outside world. They are chained facing a wall unable to turn their heads. While a fire behind them gives off a faint light. Sometimes people pass by carrying figures of animals and other objects that cast shadows on the wall. The prisoners believe that the shadows are real and they begin…

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  • Cave Allegory In Plato's Cave

    There has never been peace in the rocky land of America. Since the years of Slavery to time of the Civil Rights Movement, people have been fighting for immigrant rights and equality. In reality, the system was created to prey on what society created as the most vulnerable. A majority of the world has been forced to conform into societal norms and regularities. Ultimately, this has created people who lack knowledge to produce pure activism. Life can be described as a part of the famous…

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  • Myth Of The Cave Allegory

    The literary phenomenon of an allegory is an underlying message, or hidden meaning, within a work. It is not directly stated, but revealed in symbolic representation throughout the work. Two examples of allegories are Plato's "The Myth of the Cave" and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. These two allegories have different meanings, but they have similarities within their storylines. In "The Myth of the Cave," a group of people are "living in an underground cave" and "have their legs…

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  • The Allegory Of Plato's The Cave

    The Cave Allegory This allegory is used to convey Plato’s attempt to explain what the nature of reality is. It displays the role of the masses, the educated, and reality. The setting takes place in a cave. The people within the cave are chained in such a way that they can only see the cave walls. Behind them are these strange figures that would carry objects and walk behind the people. Because there was a fire, the people could see their shadows. Sometimes the figures speak so they thought that…

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