The first concept both share is the philosophy that humans accept the reality that is presented to them. In Plato’s allegory, three prisoners are chained and unable to see behind themselves. With a fire roaring in the cave, the prisoners see only the shadows of those passing by. The story then explains that if a prisoner were to escape, he would be unable to see because the sun would be too bright outside the cave. But, when adjusted to the sun, the prisoner can see the world as it truly is, not just as the shadows in the cave.
Let’s examine the prisoner in his natural state, shackled up and staring at the shadows presented to him. In fact Socrates describes the wall in front of it, “like the partition at the front of a puppet stage.”(Stephanus 514b), what do you do when given a stage, you watch and become immersed in the world they present you. He lives in the reality presented to him, his education is whatever the shadows show him, the blinders he wears prevents him from seeing anything else(Stephanus 514b). His condition is deplorable, all they have is a fire for warmth and it is open to conjecture as to whether or not they have enough to eat. Yet the prisoner accepts this, why else would he fight to stay, it is all he knows and all that he cares for.
Plato’s allegory of the cave is a story told by Socrates in order to explain the role of education. It depicts a group of people living in a cave with chains all over their body. They therefore could not move or escape from the chain even though the entrance was right behind of them. What’s more, they even considered the life in the cave as uncomfortable because they never experienced or expected any thing else. The only thing they could see was the shadows on the stonewall in front of them when the lights come in from the entrance.
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.
One of many is fast food chains restaurants. First, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave describes the world where there are chained prisoners with shackles on living in a cave. There are puppeteers in the cave who cast shadows of objects with a fire that later become a construct of reality for them. Eventually, one of the prisoners were able to break out of the chains and escaped. As he leaves the cave, he is blinded by the sun, however, adjusted to this new world.
There is a significant relationship between alcohol addiction and the story, Allegory of the Cave by Plato because they share many characteristics. The story refers to a state where people are chained to walls of a cave for the most of their lives. While these individuals wish so much to be cut off the bondage, they are unable to get out of it and instead find a way in which they may be comfortable in the situation that they are in. These people also see shadows of things that are projected on the wall. They are unable to see the actual things the way they appear, and they contend with the fact that that is the closest they will be able to see the actual representation of the things the way they appear outside.
They have been there since they were very young, perhaps from birth; we can infer this from Socrates' saying, "Here they have been from their childhood" (Plato, pg. 1). Their legs and necks are chained, so they can't move; they can't even move their heads due to the placement of the chains. Behind and above them is a distant, roaring fire; between this fire and the prisoners, a raised way exists, where a low wall is built. The humans chained can see the shadows of puppet-like objects, along with their own shadows, and this is essentially all they know.
Plato’s Allegory of the cave represents life/death/rebirth. Life/death/rebirth is a popular archetype that most authors use in fictional books. Plato’s Allegory of the cave begins with people that are locked in chains inside of a cave. The people inside the cave see shadows on the wall of animals and creatures that they think represents their life. This cave is an illusion of life that the people are experiencing.
Plato uses a symbolism of the light and the sun as being a form of knowledge and it also use hyperbole, like when the prisoner is blinded many times and Plato emphasizes using the word dazzled a couple of times. The prisoner suffers to the light at the start because his eyes are not use to the light but that does not stop him to keep enquiring into it and eventually his sight accustom and changes his old perception and his ability of seeing the shadows with clarity as he used to be when he was locked in the cave. In Larson’s Rent the character Roger has to assimilate and help Mimi with her addiction so she does not end the same way as April, Roger was not able to help April but he learned from the past and starts handling the situation with Mimi a little bit better. Roger’s tragic experience changed him drastically,
Socrates’s allegory of the cave in Plato’s Republic Book VII is an accurate depiction of how people can be blinded by what they are only allowed to see. The allegory does have relevance to our modern world. In fact, all of us as a species are still in the “cave” no matter how intelligent or enlightened we think we have become. In Plato’s Republic Book VII, Socrates depicts the scenario in a cave where there are prisoners who are fixed only being able to look at the shadows on the wall which are projections of things passing between them and the light source. Socrates claims that “what people in this situation would take for truth would be nothing more than the shadows of manufactured objects”.
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.