Charlie: A Prisoner of the Cave

989 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
It is about a man coming out of a cave after being chained as a prisoner for his entire life and what he goes through upon reaching surface. The ideas presented in “The Allegory of the Cave” are very similar to the ideas presented in Daniel Keyes’s novel, Flowers for Algernon. He used an excerpt from the metaphor to start his novel. In Keyes’s novel, a 32 year old intellectually delayed man name Charlie Gordon undergoes an operation that makes him a genius. Charlie learns many life lessons such as a person’s right to live and the development of social skills. The three main time periods Charlie experiences throughout the novel: before intelligence, during intelligence, and after intelligence connects to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” At the beginning of Flowers for Algernon, Charlie could only see one side of things that he is exposed to; similarly, the prisoners of the cave could only see shadows. In “The Allegory of the Cave”, Socrates says to Glaucon , “The truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images” (Plato 1). Being chained limits the prisoners to see and hear anything but the shadows on the wall and the echoes bouncing off of it. However, shadows are never the truths; they are an exaggerated version of the actual person or self. What they see is a false image, but they believe it is true because it is what they…