Compare And Contrast Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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During the 399 B.C., Socrates for rejecting the Greek gods and for putting wrong moral ideas in his student 's minds was sentenced to death. But Socrates’ goal wasn 't that, his goal was to encourage his disciples to find any reason by themselves for what is true and real. After Socrates’ death, Plato, who was one of his best students, opened the Academy- school that continued Socrates 's ideas. In this School, Plato wrote The Republic, where he states that each individual’s perspective of reality is changing, and can change more every time. People get more knowledge about the world and their surroundings. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato represents the questions of the true reality of the world, and it refers that we see things that are not even real. The Eye of the Beholder on the other hand talks about how individuals have their own opinion and perspective of things. Comparing the Allegory of the Cave…show more content…
He showed five men chained in a cave. They couldn 't see anything, just the shadows of the projections that other men put in front of the fire. Plato said that the shadows were the closest thing they had to reality. Later on, one of the prisoners get free and gets the opportunity to go out and see the true world, so he realized that the shadows were not real. The freeman was amazed at all these new things he had seen and learned of, so when he got back to the cave the other four men laugh at him because they thought he was crazy. They didn 't believe him because of lack of information, if you can 't prove or see it, it can 't be real. Socrates thought that the physical world is different in each person 's mind and ruled by our ways of perceiving things. This allegory showed that if we just use our hearing and vision we will never know what is what or what is knowledge, like the four men who stayed chained in the
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