Analyzing Plato's Allegory Of The Cave '

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Kangbo Lu Josh Coito English 122 20 March 2016 Journal #9: “Allegory of the Cave” In Plato’s allegory “The Allegory of the Cave”, he implies that people might born or live in a world of darkness and being unenlightened, and knowledge can enlighten them. Plato develops his ideas by giving an parable of a caveman was being enlightened by the light of outside world and returned to the cave to describe his experience, comparing the people in the real world to the story of the caveman, and explaining why governing is similar to this parable. By using the allegory of the cave with formal diction and educating tone, he exams the reality of our world in order to educate Glaucon that the reality of this world is like the shadow on the world, and the governors of state should be like the enlightened caveman to not only continue attaining knowledge, …show more content…

The first world in the cave was described with vivid imagery that appeals to pathos. The cave was dark, and the shadow of objects that were projects with fire was the only thing that the prisons could see. After one of the prisoner being released from the cave, he experienced a brand new world with light and was able to see the true beauty and the reality of the world. And then, he returned to the old world, and try to share his experience with the other prisoners, but he was ridiculed. Plato used the allegory of the cave to educate Glaucon that people are born or living with unenlightment like the prisoners in the cave. The darkness in the cave was like the state of mind of people in current world, unenlightened. The light that enlightened the prisoner symbolized that the knowledge that can bring the truth, and beauty to people in the world. And then, Plato elaborates that governors should be like the prison to maintain attaining knowledge, and also descending to darkness to educate others in order to enlighten

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