In Plato’s “Allegory of a Cave,” a prisoner trapped in a cave wants freedom. Escaping the cave, he discovers the reality of the world. He is able to see beyond shadows; he can see dimensions and reflections in the water (of himself). Then, he realizes how mournful his former partners in the cave really are and returns to the cave to rejoin them. When he returns the other prisoners see him as deranged and say he returned with corrupted eyes.
After reading Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, I basically learned that Plato “was a classical Greek philosopher from an old and distinguished Athenian family” and “Plato was Socrates’ most gifted student.” In other words, Plato was really intellectual and Plato’s family is presumably lived in a wealthy neighborhood in Athens that his education level in school is very good and excellent. Also, he shows “how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened” and he sees things at a different perspective like men passing along vessels and statues, objects being carried, etc. we can say that, he was able to observe and think things carefully by looking at a different angle and to take closer notes of how things can move or not.
Humankind was created with an innate curiosity about the world it inhabits. Do we know what reality is? The meaning of knowledge? The meaning of life? One might tackle the idea metaphorically. Explaining existing as a journey down the road. Or one who is diligent about understanding what things makes up the world. An example, as a kid, a curious person would take things apart like a piano and sometimes we put it back together. Building creative confidence in people requires strategy and time, and that’s what unlocks the nature within them to reach their potential. Allegory is to reveal a hidden meaning, normally a moral, based on fictional stories. Plato Allegory of the Cave reminds us that the theory of Forms is real and suggests
In The Republic, Plato argued that the good is the light of reason. By this, he means that the heightening sense of enlightenment found in the Form of the Good and the comprehension of universals is what incites reason and just living. Plato Flawlessly commands this argument through the meticulous articulation of his allegory of the cave and the analogy of the divided line.
Is it possible to rip off the shackles that are bound to you? In Plato’s “The Allegory of The Cave” there are prisoners that are shackled to the ground, and one manages to get freed by a mysterious figure. Why did this figure free this one person and not the rest? Could this figure be something else other than human? Are the Prisoners actually tied down? So many questions could be rung from this story, guess we’ll have to find out.
A Philosopher King is someone who is enlightened then returns to share their findings. In Plato’s writing “The Allegory of a Cave” from the book The Republic, He tells of the importance of these few. Plato tells that those who are enlightened and do not return to save his brothers are no better than those in the shrouded in lies, and he praises those who return and go into the struggle to save their fellow man. Philosopher kings do not always share the truth because people are content in their darkness and those in the light are content in the light, this contentment makes it difficult to share burning out the truth-tellers, and the truth can be brutal. Let us hope that those who are in the light can move past these and can analyse the necessity of their truths, so that they can pull us into the light.
In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave he discusses reality and how it is directly influenced by one’s own perception. The idea of my own personal reality is one I have spent many nights contemplating. As proposed by Plato, reality, even if it is a lesser reality, is still a reality to someone who hasn’t been yet been enlightened. Even though the one prisoner was released from the cave and discovers that everything he learned since childhood was false, he cannot return the cave and instill his wisdom into the other prisoners. Just as the freed prisoners reality was changed when he was enlightened to the world around him, so has mine over the years. I must discover my own truths in this life for no one can instill them into me. One would have an easier time teaching a pig to fly.
In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Socrates asks Glaucon to imagine a cave where the prisoners have been since their childhood. One of the prisoners breaks free and leaves the cave. The sun blinds him because his eyes were accustomed to the dark. When the prisoner was removed from the cave and brought into the world, the disorientation would be even harsher; the light of the sun would be even more vivid than the fire. But as his eye adjust, the freed prisoner would be able to observe beyond the shadows. As he begins to comprehend his new world, and sees that the sun is the source of life and goes on an intellectual journey where he discovers beauty and meaning. He sees aspects and reflections in the water. I would believe after he spends some
Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave relates to modern day politics because it addresses the issue of state authorized censorship. The story shows a world in which prisoners are bound and forced to see the world only in the way their masters intend. In today’s society, the media has become the master that guides and controls the masses. Information outlets now regulate the ways in which individuals perceive and respond to the outside world. This is concerning because every source of information has its own biases which can easily influence the consumer and shape his or her opinion, much like the masters do in The Allegory of the Cave. This ties into current governments because nations can use their country’s media to manipulate their populace. For example, a country, like North Korea, that only has state run publications has full command over its people’s knowledge of global
In this paper I will explain Plato’s concept of the forms, and also identify what Aristotle thinks about them. Second, I will give examples of the forms. Next, I will explain how the forms are used. Lastly, I will explain why the forms are important.
Imagine a place where palm trees sway back and forth to the rhythm of the tide rushing in. Imagine the beautiful clear waters that hold many varieties of sea creatures that we can admire from far away. Imagine soaking toes in the water and through the sand. We are not talking about a vacation. We are talking about an escape from the real reality of life where everything is utopian like. This magical escape from reality is called paradise. Paradise is derived from Latin and Greek and comes from the term paradis in French. It is not your usual vacation where one can go to relax and return to daily life. It is nearly perfection.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is closely related to the forms. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave he explains that life is similar to being chained to a wall with nothing to see but shadows. A group of prisoners are chained to the walls of a cave which means they have no knowledge of the outside world. Occasionally people would pass the cave producing shadows on the wall and echoes in the cave. One of the prisoners got free and made it to the outside world. He sees the outside world as disorienting and unreal. He was told that this outside was the real world and what he saw was not. He finally sees the shadows and reflections for himself. The prisoner comes across the sun which is the main source of the shadows he is witnessing in the cave. He
The Greek philosopher, Plato, explored many themes in his writings, including justice, beauty, and equality, as well as sub-discussions within each work. Throughout The Republic, he seeks to define justice in its purest form and provide solutions to unanswered questions. In early books, Plato identifies political justice as harmony in a structured political body. Ideally, this perfect, harmonious society would be composed of three primary classes. The first being producers, the second warriors, and the last rulers. Specifically in Books V and VII, Plato focuses on the rulers of society, referring to them as philosopher-kings. Using three distinct analogies, these being the allegories of the sun, the line, and the cave, Plato explains who these individuals are while simultaneously defining his Theory of Forms. In Book VII of The Republic, Plato presents the last of the analogies—the allegory of the cave—through the dialogue of Socrates.
Greek philosopher Plato’s work “The Allegory of the Cave” depicts a group of people who, their entire lives, have been detained in a cave by chains which confine them to look at a wall and prevent them from being able to look behind them, where there is a fire casting shadows of all which walk by onto the wall. The prisoners believe in what they have seen and heard, they do not see the plethora of animals and people making the shadows, therefore the noise they hear comes from the shadows.