The Puppeteers In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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In Plato’s Republic, he narrates how puppeteers are able to utilize their skill in the art of manipulation to control benighted men into believing lies; however, the cave also dramatizes how some of these men are later enlightened to see through the manipulation and educate the uneducated into seeing the same. In “Allegory of the Cave,” Plato demonstrates how as part of the human condition, uneducated men can easily be manipulated by men with the power of knowledge until they can be free from their ignorance. The artist Jan Saenredam thoughtfully illuminates Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” through the incorporation of the puppeteers, the prisoners, the sun, and the shadows. In Saenredam’s illustration, the puppeteers are positioned on a high ledge to represent their power over the prisoners who are trapped beneath their feet. In this drawing, the puppeteers use their skill in creating shadows through manipulating light on the wall of the cave. They use the shadows to persuade the prisoner into believing the shadows are real. The shadow in this scenario represents the lies, fabrication, falsehood, and delusion believe by the uneducated men. For instance, as part human…show more content…
Sometimes knowledge is used Sometimes this knowledge comes in a form of following the leaders that have seen the light beyond the cave. Furthermore, the cave also symbolizes how we leave in a two-realm type of world where there is a realm of known and unknown. In the realm of known, there are the knowers, whiles in the realm of unknown there is the ignorant. According to Huard, “…how does the knower relate to his fellow humans who are “unknowing” and who have not been freed and turned towards the light?” The answer to this is before the knowers learn to know, he or she is first lost in the land of darkness, and in other to be free from it, and he or she has to have the desire to known
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