Plato’s short story the Allegory of the Cave, Plato portrays a scene in a cave to the reader that analyzes human actions. The story is about a group of men that are chained for their entire life. The only thing they are exposed to are shadows on the wall of a fire burning by people behind them. The people exposing these men are hiding the truth of the outside world. Plato reveals that humans are easily fooled into believing what they see.
The allegory of the cave contains a very poignant message about learning and new experiences but it’s not real. It’s written as Socrates telling a story in order to illustrate his point. The first man is forcibly removed from the cave and shown the light, creating a painful experience. Douglass’ story is autobiographical and it shows a true need for knowledge in order to be free from the bondage of slavery.
In the dialogue, Socrates claims that after a prisoner leaves the cave and sees the sun (which symbolizes truth and knowledge), he will not participate in the cave dwellers’ ignorance. Similarly, individuals who chose to become enlightened to the true nature of reality do not partake in the ignorance of humanity; instead they encourage individuals to believe in philosophical knowledge. The cave dwellers believe that the shadows on the walls are real, just like individuals accept the reality of the world with which they are presented; however, they are both illusions, which are perceived. This is because over centuries human perception is merely a shadow of reality and individuals are like the cave dwellers who believe the perceptions created by society (Cleveland). Therefore, humans need to raise past the perceptions governed and taught by society in order to break through ignorance and travel on a path of
Within this essay I will be anylyzing the Crito in Plato’s five dialogues. In this portion of the book, Socrates has been confined in a prison due to his misfortunate trail, where he was unjustly accused of corrupting the youth, and failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledges. Here he waits for his execution, and contemplates escaping prison to save his own life with Crito. Crito, who is a dear friend and follower of Socrates teachings, attempts to sway Socrates away from his decision of accepting his fate. By the end of this conversation Socrates decides to stay on the path God has laid out for him, and go through with his execution.
Tying this to the case of Montage, he is being dragged out of his “cave” by Mrs.Blake after she kills herself by burning herself and her books when Montag and the other firemen show up to her house. Consequently, Mildred is not worried about the women or the books she is only worried about material items and herself, not opening herself to question the lives of others around herself. Once Montage beings reading the books he has kept hidden in the vent he becomes confused on what the meaning of them are, so he contacts an English professor named Faber to answer questions about the books. Faber says to
Garcin arrives first in hell, and he is expecting physical torture, but soon realizes that his personal hell is about psychological torture. Garcin asks the Valet “[w]here are the instruments of torture . . . the racks and red-hot pincers?” (4). He slowly begins to experience the small irritating details
In the cave one of the prisoners gets released by the other people to see what freedom is like. At first the free prisoner was scared to leave the cave because that’s the only thing he live at so, he was used to being in there and got comfortable. Although, imagine your whole life just a lie and everything you believed in was just an illusion it must be scary. The free cave prisoner never see the sun light before so, when he final gets out of the cave the light from the sun hurts his eyes where he won’t be a able to see a few days. So even though he is free form the shadows he well still see shadows Intel his eyes get used to it the sun.
Never questioning power and being submissive leads to wasted life. Thought it is wrong for society or the government to control the people, it is the people’s obligation to rise up against injustice as said in the” Social Contract” by Rousseau. Unfortunately in Plato’s Cave the prisoners “have been here from their childhood.” For their whole lives they stay ignorant and are unaware of the outside world.
Rather than that, it merely makes people seem oblivious to the actual truth due to lack of their education of their surroundings. This is much like the prisoner who was freed because at first, he had the exact same beliefs as his acquaintances, but later he learned the real truth about the world. After reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, one can be lead to believe that Plato was trying to teach that uneducated people are “imprisoned” by their own ignorance. This statement is supported when the prisoners in his allegory don’t believe the freed prisoner.
To find the root of this uncertainty, we can look to Sontag’s reflection of Plato’s “the allegory of the cave.” In summary, “The allegory of the cave” is about prisoners chained inside of a cave, with no idea of what the outside is like, being given names for the shadows of objects they’ve seen. When the prisoners are freed from their chains, the world they find is not as easily understood, and those years of isolation result in an incomprehensible reality, something analogous to experiencing the relationship between photographs and the reality which they attempt to portray.. In actuality, there is no direct answer as to whether or not there are different types of knowledge or degrees of it. In regards to the the degrees of knowledge, elements could be displayed as“indisputable evidence that the trip was made, that the program was carried out, that fun we had” (Sontag, 9).
He is not looking for pity of a crutch because he is far too independent and strong now to search for sympathy for a circumstance he cannot change. His friends and family are always left profoundly astonished by his actions and thoughts presented in certain scenarios where depression and negativity arise from a social environment. He once told me that “The only time I felt as if I had a father or a teacher was at someone else’s home.” But the part the makes me the proudest to know him is the fact that if you were to have just met Hunter, you would never have any idea what he deals with or where he has come from. Hunter is strong, and he is the perfect example of not letting circumstances change your