The Allegory of the Cave by Plato is about prisoners who are chained in a cave

The Allegory of the Cave by Plato is about prisoners who are chained in a cave

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Joyce 1 Alexis Joyce Mrs. Northrop English 101 2 March 2008 The Allegory of the Cave The Allegory of the Cave by Plato symbolically presents prisoners who are chained in a cave, while being able only to see shadows cast on the wall of the cave. The prisoners’ eyes are adjusted to darkness, since the only light they see is light from the fire and the opening of the cave. Thus, the prisoners’ lives consist of naming the shadows of the shapes and objects being cast on the walls of the cave, being the only reality the prisoners know. However, one prisoner is freed, and after his eyes adjust to the sun, he is able to see a world outside of the cave. Once the prisoner has a greater awareness of life outside of the cave, the prisoner chooses not to return. The purpose of Plato’s allegory is to depict the characteristics of the society we live and the decision people make to stay with the crowd and judge others based on their own ignorant reality, rather than venture out and reject their old paradigms in order to see a greater intellectual truth beyond
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Joyce 2 their senses. Plato used; the cave, the prisoners, and the freed prisoner to represent the characteristics of people in society. Plato opens the allegory with the illustration of the dim cave where the prisoners reside. The cave is the representation of our narrow reality, since in the cave, the prisoners’ reality and lives are limited to the sense they have access to, which is only the sight of
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