The Allegory Of Plato's Cave

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The allegory of the cave is a metaphor that emphasizes the human condition in its purest form. Plato argues, unlike prisoners – chained, disoriented and forced to look at the shadow casted on the wall, human beings are also imprisoned. Education with orientation is crucial in enlightening an ignorant individual, as it can move him/her from believing false dogmas and projected artificialities towards the world full of ideas, forms and good. Education is the only vehicle that can move an individual further on the divided line. In essence, the educational model is to drag out everyone out of the dark cave into the sunlight by educating them about the materialistic world which, we perceive through our senses in contrast to, the world of ideas, spiritual enlightenment and good that can only be achieved through reasoning/spiritual perception. The puppeteers are the ones who held the prisoners captive since their birth. According to the story, prisoners aren’t aware of the puppeteers. The puppeteers played a vital role in manipulating prisoners mind. They would cast the shadow of various objects on the wall, which, was in front of the prisoners. Hence, prisoners believed that the shadows and the echoing sound made my…show more content…
Since, they relied on their senses, perception and were disoriented. The prisoners were completely blind to the fact that shadows were casted due to the firelight behind the objects. The chances of most people leaving the cave are pretty low. They were habituated living in the dark corner where: reason, rationale thinking and validation of truth didn’t exist. These people were perfectly comfortable living in the cave believing in the falsehood. Sure, they were ignorant and it’d be more painful for them even if they were to get out of the cave. The sunlight would dazzle their vision; everything in the outer world would be strange and banal to them. In short, their pain would outweigh the

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