Essay Applying Plato's Allegory of the Cave

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Applying Plato's Allegory of the Cave to Oedipus Rex, Hamlet,and Thomas Becket Plato was one of the greatest philosophers of all time. He is recognized all over the world as one of the greatest minds of all time. Knowledge is required under compulsion has not hold on the mind.(Durant 24). Plato's dialogues are the fruit of a rare mind; but the could not have kept their perennial freshness if they had not somehow succeeded in expressing he problems and the convictions that are common to Plato's age and to all later ages. Genius alone is not enough; or perhaps it were wiser to say that we recognize genius only in the power of divination that overleaps the boundaries of a special time and place.(Jowett xi). Although Plato did not…show more content…
These people of the cave must gradually be exposed the real world, if they are to accept the real world as reality. This parable, told by Socrates and recorded by Plato, presents the concept that true enlightenment is slow and agonizing. To discover the truth one must break the chains of the cave and face their destiny.(Gibson). Oedipus Rex was the King of Thebes. A plague was ravaging Thebes, and the people wanted Oedipus, the king, to do something. Oedipus tells the people of his kingdom that he sent Creon, the brother of Queen Jocasta, to the Oracles at Delphi to find out what was causing this terrible plague on his people. When Creon returns from the Oracle at Delphi, he announces to the people that this terrible plague will only end when the murderer of the late King Lauis, Jocasta's first husband, is brought to justice. Oedipus then promises the towns people that he will punish the murderer. Oedipus then asks a blind soothsayer to identify who the killer of the late King Lauis was. The blind soothsayer tells Oedipus the killer of the king is a king. When Jocasta arrives to see Oedipus, she points out that the Oracles have been known to lie. She tells him that the Oracles did predicted that the late King Lauis was killed by his own son, when in fact he was killed by thieves at a crossroad. Oedipus was disturbed to hear this because he remembers killing an old man at a crossroad. Jocasta then
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