Plato's Allegory of the Cave
World History Honors
In reading the philosophical works of Allegory of the Cave by Plato, I have come to the conclusion that he is trying to inform about education. In the writing, to me, the cave symbolizes that they basically have a daily routine with no variables. Another way of putting that is they live in the dark. The chains represent that they are bound by their own beliefs. The shadows represent a state of paranoia because they always feel like someone is watching them. The echoes that one hears in the cave are their own reoccurring thoughts. When released from the chains the person's initial feeling is to change his ways and see things in a new light because he is scared into a new way of thinking. The light represents a clearer version of the way things should be. The “bewilderment of the eyes” shows that there is always at least two ways of thinking. The Allegory shows Plato's view on a few different things like, education wisdom, and our willingness to reject true thinking and live in darkness. Here, I will talk about some of his thoughts. Plato's view on education is to open your eyes because there is a lot to be learned. Plato believes that a wise man is a person using both sides of his brain. A person's willingness to reject true thinking and live in darkness means that it's always easier to do less but it pays off more in the end if you are willing to apply yourself because you tend to get more out of things. Basically, more effort will make you wiser in the end. Going into depth on Plato's view of education, I find that he is showing that open minds typically learn more. Those who are willing to learn will get a lot better education than someone who sits in front of a tv or computer screen playing video games all day. He wants people to understand that you have to try and get an education, for it will prepare you for the rest of your life. The answers are not just going to come to you. You actually have to try and...
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