When the enlightened prisoner returns to the cave “they all laugh at him and say he had spoiled his eyesight by going up there”(Plato __). Plato infers that society will purposely be blind to conform to society’s norms.When the escaped prisoner returns to the cave he “gets his eyes full of darkness” (Plato ___). The freed prisoner explains what the actual objects were that they were seeing were. Plato demonstrates that the ignorance and blindness to the truth is by choice. Plato says the prisoners that are chained up could not fathom the new truths; they are
I will also discuss how they all express Plato’s conception of what is involved in living philosophically, and how they all relate to the cave allegory. In Plato’s dialogue, the cave allegory, I am given a story about a prisoner and allowed to depict an image of what the cave looks like. Inside the cave are prisoners, a fire, a rocky path, and people who carried various artifacts that project shadows on the wall in front of the prisoners. The fire represents the sun, the rocky path symbolizes the journey of the soul, the prisoners represent us, the shadows were what they believed to be the truth, the people carrying the artifacts symbolize influences in life for example parents or teachers. The cave as a whole represents the visible realm.
Plato. Pp3 17b.). Socrates was well versed in rhetoric, and he admits to that, but heads on to say that he speaks the truth, and if a man who speaks the truth deceives people because he is an accomplished speaker makes no sense, therefore their accusation makes no sense. After taking down the warning that the accusers have given the jury, he tackles the first accusation, that he is guilty of studying things in the sky and below the earth, and that he is able to make the weaker argument into the stronger one, and spreads this knowledge among society. In regards to this accusation, Socrates refers to the jury and assembly convincing them that he does not do so, this is shown in a play
As humans, we believe only what we see. Thus, coming up with conclusions based on that. However, a lot of the time what we see is not actually true. We see this in ‘Allegory of the Cave’ when the prisoners-only seeing shadows- thought the jugs, statues, and figures of animals were what was actually behind them. When in reality it was men carrying these objects.
Another point made in book VII, was that by educating yourself you become less ignorant to what is out there in the world. Book VII ("Allegory of the cave"), describes a scene carry out in a dark cave. In this scene, a group of human beings have been living in a cave since birth; they have never seen the light of day. These people have only focused on what is in front of them but never what is beyond what they can see, "chained, can't turn their heads." Behind them is a fire and behind the fire is a wall.
By contrasting Frankenstein and “Allegory of the Cave”, we can find the idea of being hidden from the truth, the different forms of knowledge, and telling others about the truth. First, both Frankenstein and “Allegory of the Cave” show the idea of being hidden from the truth. “Allegory of the Cave” is an allegory where 3 prisoners were tied up in a cave and forced to face the cave wall since childhood. A fire is behind them, with people walking beside it, so the prisoners see the shadows of the things they are holding. But one prisoner is released, and told that the shadows, his “reality”, is not true and only an illusion.
In this he proves that painful understanding is better than blissful ignorance. 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.
In conclusion the story Those who walk away from Omelas is a great example of how many people live a false reality and as soon as one person is enlightened he/she will do everything they can to enlighten their brethren. This is also a great example on how many societies don 't try and fix their problems but rather push them to the side and forget about them thinking that they will never cause problems but that does not work because sooner or later something will be done about it in order to bring forth a change in
An individual’s life journey is linked to the process of enlightenment, which can be achieved when one realizes the world they have been dwelling in is an illusion and is not under their own control. The science-fiction movie The Matrix, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, and Golden-Globe award winning film The Truman Show all have the same underlying theme of escaping an artificial reality. “The Allegory of the Cave” is a dialogue that criticizes human perception. In the dialogue, prisoners draw a parallel between the dwellers in the cave who believe the shadows on the walls are real to humans who believe in perceptions based on empirical knowledge. In the movie, The Matrix “the matrix” is a computer engineered world that is blinding individuals from the truth.
Firstly, human beings should always search for the real truth because not everything that a society perceives as reality is real considering that some of it might only be the reflection of truth. In the allegory written by Plato, he described a group of cavemen who believed the shadows on the cave walls were the real image of objects instead of the objects themselves due to the fact that they have never seen any other objects besides the shadows in their entire life. The shadows
Education liberates us from ignorance. Without education we depend on others to guide us, and allow them to manipulate our ideals so we are unable to tell the difference between ideas and reality. In "Allegory of the Cave" by Plato, he emphasizes the importance of education by first depicting the lack of it on a group of imprisoned human beings. One escapes and is exposed to a new perspective on life. In comparison to Malcolm X 's "Learning to Read" excerpt from his autobiography, Malcolm speaks on self education and it 's positive impact on his life.
Throughout Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” there is an internal struggle within the protagonist to escape from the only place he once knew as home just to find out that is like out of the cave. Within the cave it is extremely censored on what the people/prisoners are able to see and the only way they are shown anything is through shadow images that are projected upon the cave walls. They are shown manipulated images of birds, people, and other objects which in turn scares them into staying within the cave. The protagonist was determined to escape the cave to discover what was the real reality and truth outside of the cave. He was able to escape and see the light of the sun and was able to see what is really true.
Also, future leaders really need to learn the concept of firm yet fair. This is because, if you are to light, you will be taken advantage of and no one will ever listen to you, but on the other hand, if you are too firm, everyone will start to dislike you therefore not listen to you. It is extremely important to have the perfect balance of both firm and fair. Another point Mrs. Wallace brought up, something I have never thought about before, is using language that people under you can actually unerstand. Which basically means not to use huge words that your group will not understand, beacuse if that happens, again people will get discouraged and probably not understand what is asked of them.
Some may also argue that trying something new does not benefit people in any way because the fear of failure discourages people from attempting anything new. These people see failure as a synonym for shame, dishonor, and worthlessness. However, people do not need to fear failure because in reality, it brings about the drive and motivation to do better. If everybody knew this, nobody would fear failure, but rather, embrace it. As one can see, attempting new tasks helps one grow because it provides one with learning experiances on how to better handle new situations in the future.
He uses his words and his honesty to achieve his justice, he takes every advantage of this one true opportunity he has before the council to voice his opinion. One could also argue that Socrates seemed to want the truth, not so much for others but for his own well being. As oppose to King,