The Prisoners In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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“Whereas, our argument shows that the power and capacity of learning exist in the soul already;” (Plato). Spoken by Socrates in reference to the philosophy of life, this quote depicts the meaning of broadening our horizons in order to gain knowledge and escape the shackles that confine us in the form of deceit. This quote is portrayed in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as the prisoners detained in the cave are deluded by their perception of reality, and the prisoner that escapes loses that distorted world and becomes enlightened. The cave is a representation of the hidden lies in which the prisoners are provided as the premises of their knowledge and are restrained from the truth to remain ignorant. Ultimately, one of the prisoners discovers that the world in actuality is…show more content…
Similarly to my circumstance, the prisoners in Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” have been trapped in since the start of their lives. This means that their lives have been constructed for them, as their perspectives on their surroundings, specifically the world as it exists outside of the cave, are rooted entirely from what they have been presented since birth. When they are not provided with any other source of information on the world and how it operates, they are forced to infer from what they are able to witness and thus accept these assumptions as the truth. This is synonymous to blindness, as what they cannot see they are unable to anticipate as other possibilities. As a prisoner in my own cave, I am trapped by the expectations that were placed on me since I was born. I was a blank slate for my family to build upon; to raise the perfect daughter who abides by the norms that they are familiar with. Those norms include how I should behave, my mannerisms, and the goals that I must attain throughout my life. Shielded in my household and not allowed to interact with the environment around me at a young age, I was oblivious as
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