The Allegory of the Cave

500 Words2 Pages
The Allegory of the Cave Plato was born in 427 B.C. and died in 347 B.C. He was a student of Socrates and during his studies wrote a complex and vivid book entitled “The Republic.” In it are numerous dialogues, which are a collection of Socrates teachings. One of the fables included is “The Allegory of the Cave.” This story is Plato’s explanation of the development of the soul toward enlightenment. He uses an analogy of hidden intricacies to describe a cave and what it would be like for an individual who has never seen anything but the cave, emerge to the surface and experience a new world. Plato begins his story by describing a dark cave. Inside the cave are many people who are tied up and unable to move. These individuals symbolize the uneducated. For their entire life these people have been restrained without even being able to rotate their heads. They have never seen anything apart from the wall in front of them. They know only of shadows that reflect from the wall. Eventually one of the prisoners is set free. The intention is to bring him out of the cave....

More about The Allegory of the Cave

Open Document