An Example of the Question of Truth

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How can we distinguish what the truth is in real life? Are you every completely sure of the truth? In the Question of the Truth Unit we read a variety of selections based off of people’s perception of the truth, though in many of these selections the truth wasn’t what people expected. These selections help develop a contrast between how things seem on the surface, and how they really are. A couple of these selections accept the surface appearance of things as embodying reality and not the actual truth.

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a prime example of what appears to be true and what actually is. In “Allegory of the Cave” men have been chained by the leg and by the neck since childhood, so that they can’t move. This also makes it so that they can only see what is in front of them. Since this is how they have lived everyday of their life, these men believe that this is how everyone lives. They don’t know that the outside world exists. Behind these men there is a fire burning, and in front of this fire there is a parapet on a track. There are figures of men and animals in wood, stone, or other materials which project above the parapet. This made it so the prisoners thought that reality was these shadows. They think these shadows are are there is, but in reality there are actually objects that you can see and touch. When they decide to let one of the prisoners free, it was painful for him to stand up, turn his head, and to walk with…

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