“The Allegory of the Cave”
The Allegory of the Cave can be broken down in many ways. It basically states that people are chained to the wall in a cave and they have nothing to look at but the shadows of one another. This is all that they know of that exists; no one has ever been outside the cave. We have to look real hard for the hidden messages or what the author is trying to allude to in this story. I think the main point of this story is the author trying to give us an example of how or the way that we all live our lives. We only see what we want to see as human. The Shadow makers represent the opinions makers, or the people that make us look at the world the way we do. An opinion maker can be anyone, a priest telling you how God wants you to live, ones parents teach them morals or the television. These shadows make us think that this is the way to live and that this is what is important in the world. As stated before, few can break the chains and escape the cave. When they do and find out what true reality is, most come back and want to spread the truth. In most cases these people are looked down upon for not conforming or for trying to poison the minds of others. Look at Christ; he was crucified for trying to teach. The main point of the Allegory is to illustrate the way in which we live and show how what we think is realities merely are shadows. I view the Allegory of the Cave from a different prospective. While I do agree with the interpretations of the story up to a point, the part where I differ in my views is upon leaving the cave. I do believe while on Earth some do break their chains and escape the cave to see what reality is, I also believe that we all eventually break the chains, some just do it while on Earth. What I mean by that is; in death we break the chains. The Allegory says that it is painful to break the chains, and in most cases death is not pleasant but painful. Once out of the chains, there is indecision, to what to do, or where to...
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