The True Reality In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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In Plato’s Allegory of The Cave Socrates explains that humans tend to not understand the true reality of their world. They believe that they understand what they are perceiving and sensing in the world, but in reality, they are just seeing the shadows of the true forms that make up the world. Socrates utilizes anecdotes to explain his theory on forms. The inclusion of a story to back up his theory helps the audience understand his points better, and generate more followers to his thinking. Additionally, Socrates uses examples of how his philosophies relate to our everyday life in order to provide more evidence to the reader. Although a counter claim isn’t explicitly stated in the Allegory, the reader could argue that for Plato’s program to…show more content…
If leaders were to follow these guidelines, success of the state could be attainable in any time. The obvious challenge is finding leaders that can actually follow the guidelines set forth by Plato. Socrates concludes his dialogue with Glaucon by finishing up his story and explaining that once we understand what reality is (the forms), it is the job of the informed to lead all of the ignorant people “out of the cave” and into what is reality and true knowledge. He adds that those who continue to be like others and resist true knowledge will continue to be ignorant and blinded by fiction. However, the enlightened people should still continue to try and help their peers. Plato develops ethos in this piece through a philosophical and explanatory tone that prepares the reader to learn something from what he/she is reading. As Socrates is explaining his thoughts to Glaucon, he uses…show more content…
They are taught to “smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first” (02:21). She says that girls are taught to be perfect, whereas boys are taught to be brave, and this is not right- not just for the girls but also for our society. Our society is not going to progress if we keep young girls and women from reaching their full potential. Saujani uses anecdotes from her personal experiences where she decided to be brave instead of perfect. She explains how she ran for Congress and was hopeful about winning, but she ultimately lost. She was not upset though because for the first time in her life, she decided to be brave and do something out of her comfort zone instead of trying to be perfect. Saujani also uses statistics to explain how women will only apply for a job if they meet one hundred percent of the requirements, whereas men will apply if they meet at least sixty percent (04:12). Saujani concludes her talk by asking the audience to encourage all young girls and women. She tells them to remind the girls that it is okay to not be perfect; it is okay for them to step out of their comfort zone and make
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