Allegory Of The Cave Research Paper

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“Allegory of the Cave” by Plato is a story with a plethora of meanings. It paints a story about the nature of humans’ ignorance and enlightenment. It encourages human beings to reflect and question on what they know or believe. The allegory brought a whole new perspective to the past, present, and future; providing awareness of things that I can relate to and reflect upon the story. The “Allegory of the Cave” is a journey to become enlightened by reality, which I experienced when I moved to the United States from Indonesia back when I was ten years old. It was the most life-changing experience that expanded my cultural knowledge. The allegory is about prisoners who lived their entire life inside of a cave. The prisoners are chained inside the cave on a wall, unable to move their body nor their head. Also, they can only observe puppet-shadow shown before them their entire livelihood. One day a prisoner was released and forced to leave the cave. The prisoner was so shocked after leaving the cave because he never experienced life outside of the chains. After experiencing the outside world, the prisoner returned to the cave and tried to convince the other prisoners about the life outside the cave, but they called him a fool and dismissed him. Plato’s allegory was a way to prove that the wisest and…show more content…
In Indonesia, we would have one or two fans around the classes because the air conditioning was a luxury. Over time, I learned an adequate amount of English and was able to communicate with friends. In class, I learned that my friends are from different places and believed in different religions, but more importantly I grew accustomed to living in the United States. It was like Plato said about the released prisoner “he will be able to see the sun and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place” in the allegory

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