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Part A: With close reference to the text, explain how Plato uses the allegory of the ship to illustrate the problems facing a good political ruler in a democracy. Part B: Analyse the extent to which the allegory of the ship continues to be relevant to contemporary political situations. Plato’s political views showed that he was critical about democracy and tend to have more preference towards totalitarianism. He used the Allegory of the Ship to describe how an empire ruled by a foolish leader can lead to eternal destruction which is irreversible. Plato illustrated the captain of the ship with impaired sight and hearing, with little knowledge about navigation. The leader is an illustration of a country’s governor. His brawny physical appearance granted him great power and full authority at first. However, his lack of strong vision and acute hearing drove him to be ignorant of what other possible advices for cruising were suggested. He is arrogant and naive which makes him weak in front of the unknown. The crew was unsatisfied with what the captain could offer them and wanted to replace the captain and take control of the ship. Here, they are represented as the rebellions of the

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