Writing Assignment 3
Assignment Topic: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
By definition, an allegory is a symbolic narrative, typically about abstract theories and ideas using highly symbolic representations to teach a lesson or share a concept in a subtle but effective way.
In an essay of no less than 750 words create an argument about what you believe to be the point of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” Consider the setting, objects, characters, and conflicts. Think about what lesson(s) seem to be revealed through this story. Focus on one of these key lessons or ideas for development in your essay. That is, the topic for this essay is somewhat open, so long as it stems from the ideas in Plato’s allegory.
Be sure to create an arguable thesis, one which asserts your analysis and interpretation, and attempts to make some connection to the larger work as a whole. This essay should focus on the text as its primary source and should employ plenty of textual evidence from the text to support your ideas. While not the focus nor required, secondary sources may be consulted for this paper; however, the ideas and writing should be original, and the textual evidence should be from the allegory. Be sure, however, to include proper Works Consulted or Works Cited pages as necessary.
Audience: Classmates and Instructor: SCHOLARS and ACADEMICS. This assignment asks you to contemplate a major classical piece of literature.
Planning: DUE 10/23
In a one-page document in MLA format (using both prose free writing and lists), you will need to “propose” your essay topic ahead of time with a brief essay proposal. This proposal should include a basic overview of what you believe you will be exploring in the essay and why you think this topic is valid or legitimate. Your proposal should provide a list of 5-7 possible thesis statements you may use to structure the essay as well as at least 3 quoted passages from the text for potential use in the essay. In