"Allegory of the Cave" - An Analysis Analytical Essay by Nicky

"Allegory of the Cave" - An Analysis
A look at Plato's "Allegory of the Cave."
# 149569 | 1,467 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2011 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek)

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This paper examines and analyzes Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" which was written in response to Plato's pain over the execution of his beloved mentor and teacher Socrates. The paper first describes that "The Allegory" is found in Plato's "Republic." According to the paper, Plato uses "The Allegory" to encourage people to take up philosophy in order to understand the meaning of their day-to-day existence. The paper then describes the various metaphors found in the work and the greater meaning that Plato was trying to convey. The paper concludes by stating that "The Allegory of the Cave" is subject to various interpretations and perceptions, however Plato's message in this work is generally accepted to be on the importance of seeing the real truth and showing justice.

From the Paper:

"Plato is one of the great Greek philosopher's that have used allegory in his writing albeit his most famous one The Allegory of the Cave was written at a time when he still felt the fangs of injustice as a result of the execution of his beloved mentor and teacher Socrates. The Allegory of the Cave is found in Plato's greatest writing on philosophy and political science - The Republic. The Allegory is found in Book VII of The Republic and begins with a fictional dialogue between Plato's cherished mentor Socrates and his brother Glaucon. The Allegory of the Cave is not just your basic allegory but an extended allegory because Socrates introduced the story to Glaucon by telling him to imagine imprisoned human beings in a cave where they can only perceive what they see in front of them. Thus, The Allegory of the Cave begins with the words of Socrates to Glaucon..."

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