The Allegory Of The Cave

What was Plato’s point in his allegory of the cave?

What was Plato’s point in his allegory of the cave? For those of you who do not know, the Allegory of the Cave was a story about some people who lived in a cave. They never left the cave and never looked outside, so all they saw of the real world, were the shadows cast by the sun. They thought that that was all there was. Until a philosopher stood up and actually went outside. He was amazed at what he saw and came back to the cave to convince the others. But the others were intent on believing that the shadows were all there was. I guess the story could be compared to kids these days, who are so focused on their electronics that they don’t look beyond their caves to discover more. In my opinion, the point of the Allegory of the Cave, was that there is more to life that meets the eye and you might discover it, if you just turn around and look.

 

 

Western Civ: 20

 

 

 

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