Plato reveals that humans are easily fooled into believing what they see. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave the people think that their entire reality is the shadows that they see on the walls of the cave. Plato explores the truth and criticizes that humanity does not question what is real. Plato explores that the human understanding and accepting of what is real is difficult and
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. He has no choice other than to learn and be in pain.
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.
People generally turn their own thought or things that they have been taught into the truth, but this does not automatically make those thoughts true. 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.
The prisoners have been there since they were infants, living in an underground den. Their legs and necks are chained so they cannot move. Thus, they are only able to see what is right in front of their faces. At a distance behind the prisoners there is a burning fire. Between the prisoners and the fire is an elevated walkway on which people can walk.
Reasoning is all the positive and opposing arguments that support or critique the thesis by using logic. Socrates was accused and charged with being a corruptor of the youth and denying the gods of the city but introducing other divinities. Socrates defends his case by using reasoning and logic. Socrates said that if every Athenian improved the youth while only he corrupts them, then is influence should not have a greater effect than all the Athenians. Socrates didn’t corrupt the youth.
Plato’s Republic, Book 7, talks about the metaphor referred to as "the allegory of the cave." This metaphor in philosophy is use to describe the importance and effect education or lack of education has on the human mind. In book VII, education is referred to as a light that brightens the different paths that exist in life. It helps open the human mind to things that it was unaware of. Another point made in book VII, was that by educating yourself you become less ignorant to what is out there in the world.
As Will Durant once stated, “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” Ignorance can make one unaware of the dismal reality he is living. Only the knowledge gained can be used to reach overall enlightenment. Similarly, these ideas are expressed through a prisoner trapped in a cave in “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, as well as Neo stuck in a false world in The Matrix by the Wachowski’s. Both stories exhibit the struggle of escaping ignorance and reaching a place of knowledge. Both Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” and the Wachowski’ The Matrix illustrate that overcoming ignorance through a journey of realization can lead one to knowledge and eventually grant him to the enlightenment necessary to spread the truth.
After being deserted by Frankenstein, the creature was forced to live in isolation. He recounted “... when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire… and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it.” When one is deprived of acceptance, and abandonment is all they ever known, their first action would be to seek companionship in hopes their fate isn’t as lonely as it seems. Though casted out and despised multiple times, the desire to belong would still overcome the resentment from prior unfair treatments because they feel as if they deserve better. To them, it makes no sense that their life was granted only to be condemned. The creature had continued to live and sought out the warmth of company even though he was feared because
We are made to believe certain things and when someone reveals a different truth to us we are quick to get defensive and not believe the other person until an actual truth is shown. Just as Plato describes dragging the people into the sunlight from the cave. Just as the light is hard to adjust to so is the reality of the world. So many people stay in the dark and “chained to a wall” their whole lives because it’s all they know. They do not realize there are puppeteers in the background pulling the strings and even if they question they disregard their
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.
Though he believes that the mind is not a physical entity like the body, he reasons that because the mind is connected to the body, physical actions conducted by the body are attributable to the mind (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dualism/#MinBodHisDua). It seems Plato is indicating that whatever is true for the physical world, must also be true for the mind and therefore, by his logic, jumps the ‘gap’ between physical and mental [437b]. This approach is again reminiscent of the ‘affirming the consequent’ fallacy and gives no real proof as to why the ‘gap’ could have logically been