Truth In The Allegory Of The Cave

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For millennia authors have been exploring the concept of truth and how it relates to everyday life, and it still continues to be a common theme in literature. It dates back to 340 B.C. when Plato wrote “The Allegory of the Cave” to present day literary texts. Although truth may not always be apparent at first, it still persists and does not change due to one’s opinion. While humans are able to analyze their surroundings and situations, it is not possible to know the truth without all necessary information. Before exploring literary works that involve the concept of truth, it is important to understand the difference between perspective and truth. According to Oxford Dictionaries, perspective is defined as “a particular attitude toward or way…show more content…
It was not until one prisoner was freed did he realize that he and the others had been severely misinformed. The prisoners’ perspective was not aligned with the truth—the unchanging existence of the upper world. Once he returned to the cave, however, the others were unwilling to ascend because they thought he was blinded from being in the upper world, when in fact his eyes just had to adjust to the darkness again. They did not have all of the necessary information in order to perceive the truth and were lacking too much knowledge to accept it as a possibility. As Plato states, “in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort” (Plato 68). The prisoners could not grasp the truth beyond their point of view because they were resistant and did not put an effort into seeking out the reality. The unchanging truth of the upper world remained, but they were unable to realize it without the essential…show more content…
He thought she was refusing to serve him because of his race, possibly because of the incident with his boss earlier that day. However, his perspective of the situation was not in accordance with the truth. If he had paid more attention as he was leaving, he would’ve seen the waitress making a new pot of coffee; Johnson was blinded by his point of view. He analyzed the situations based on his perspective, but he did not have all information to perceive the unchanging truth that the waitress simply didn’t have any coffee to serve him. If he had ascended from his cave of anger and prejudice, his perspective would have be more closely aligned with the

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