Allegory Of The Cave Interpretation

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The first scene of the Allegory of the Cave is of prisoners in a cave. They are chained down and wear blinders on their eyes so they are forced to only look straight forward. Straight forward there is a screen or a wall. Within the cave, behind the prisoners, there is a fire and there are shadow casters that hold up puppets of images from the real world. The fire casts these images on the screen or wall in front of the prisoners. Since they have been imprisoned since birth they know nothing else of life but these images.One day, one of the prisoners breaks free from his chains. Looking around for the first time, he sees the fire and saw how it caused shadows to be cast on the walls, his eyes ...view middle of the document...

He also has trouble seeing the shadows cast on the wall, the ones he at one time identified with. When he tells the prisoners of what he has seen they do not believe him, for all they know are the images cast upon the wall before them. This is there life and only understanding of the world. They call the returning prisoner a liar, they think that his stories are crazy and they threaten to kill him.The Cave and the Allegory can symbolize the journey from ignorance into enlightenment. It can be the process of learning truth.In short, Plato tells his listeners, it is important to remember that the soul may be confused either by moving from darkness to light or from light to darkness.· In terms of Education: It must be remembered that knowledge cannot be conveyed to a soul without proper preparation.· There are 3 Levels to the allegory: (1) When the freed prisoner sees the (light) fire burning behind (for the 1st time), this brought him pain, being that his eyes have only known darkness all of his life and his eyes need to adjust. This pain can be translated to having...

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