Allegory Of The Cave Knowledge

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Jingjing Zhang
Instructor Shay Tschirhart
ENGL 1311L
31 August 2015 knowledge can be enriching and painful
The dialogue “Allegory of the Cave” was written by Plato. His point is that humanity is ignorant about the true nature of reality. Once humans got out of the cave, they went into the real world; they can understand what reality is and get into true knowledge. These prisoners who live under the earth in a cave had never seen the sunlight since their childhood. Their legs and necks are unable to move because they are chained, so that they have to stay in the same place and look at the wall in front of them. “Whenever any of them was unchained and was forced to stand up suddenly, to turn around, to walk, and to look up toward the light,
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In the Frederick Douglass 's "Learning to Read and Write," Douglass explains his experiences in slavery and how he overcame those obstacles. He wanted to battle racism against black people, so he decided to study. He thought his knowledge would make him escape from that horrible place. He “consoled [himself] with the hope that [he] should one day find a good chance [to escape]. Meanwhile, [he] would learn to write" (Douglass). Finally, Douglass gained the ability to read and write. After learning the term abolition, he gets the idea to escape. At this time, only white people were allowed to learn how to read and write so Douglass used his advantage to be able to get out from there. Because of knowledge, he could get more ideas and fight…show more content…
Knowledge is just learning. People will feel uncomfortable if they know the depth of that particular subject. Once you know the root, bottom of a subject then you do not feel uncomfortable. In the article "Salvation,” author Langston Hughes shows that a child got negatively impacted from forcing religion. At the beginning of the article, his aunt and a great many old people told him that he could see and hear Jesus. He believed her. So he sat in the church waiting to see Jesus and kept waiting and waiting but Jesus did not show up. "I wanted see him, but nothing happened to me” (Hughes 229). The adults show great enthusiasm but the children seemed terrified and bored. The author uses his personal experience to show that adults feel great guilt and pain because they pushing children to accept and practice something which is over their level of comprehension and understanding; sometimes you can feel that you are affected by a lot of things because you know too
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