Analyzing Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

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I’ll be analyzing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave through my own interpretation. An allegory is defined as “a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.” In Plato’s Republic the short excerpt The Allegory of the Cave can be viewed through multiple perspectives. Plato’s image of the cave is known as the “theory of forms… The theory assumes the existence of a level of reality inhabited by ideal “forms” of all things and concepts ("Revelations: Islam: Plato 's Allegory of the Cave.").” Forms are none changeable, but can be determined through opinions. My interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave can be related to racism, from what a child is taught at birth, to the images the prisoners have seen all their lives. The story takes place inside a cave and within this cave there are three stages ("Plato 's Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler."). Stage one, would be the illusion stage, this is where the prisoners are held. The story says the prisoners have been chained there, their whole life and the only form of reality they know comes from images depicted on the cave wall in front of them. The images aren’t directly in front but on the wall above, due to the position of the fire. Stage two, is the stage of belief, inside the cave there is a little path or wall where the puppet masters are positioned. Their job are to hold up objects where the fire in stage three cast a light to reflect on the walls. This is the…

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