Plato: the Allegory of the Cave

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Plato: The Allegory of the Cave Imagine a life of only looking at the shadows on a wall. Not knowing what the outside world was like or even what a person looked like. Just monstrous shadows projected on the wall in front of you. The prisoners in Plato’s story were born in a cave and chained in a way they only knew the wall in front of them. In the allegory of the cave the prisoners were not allowed to look at anything but the wall. They were chained with a “bridge” behind them. I refer to it as a bridge because people walked across it carrying their water or camels. I used the youtube video: “The Cave: An adaption of Plato’s Allegory in Clay” as a reference. It helped me understand the story more in depth but yet there was a lot more to tell through the text “Plato, The Allegory of the Cave.” I believe that my favorite sentence from the article I chose would have to be “…and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.” (Kreis, 2000) Once I read this I could see a picture in my head. I felt that I was trapped in the chains and was restricted to just the wall. Plato’s story shows me to respect life. Enjoy what God gave you instead of taking advantage of it. The prisoners were not allowed to see the outside world. They didn’t know what the sky looked like or what a voice sounded like. I chose this application of the story because reading different versions I kept hearing words of my pastor in my head. What if I lived that life? Would I be happy? I’m sure that those prisoners did not like their surroundings, but I am sure their mind was not the same way as they lived. “And if they were in the habit of conferring honors among themselves on those who were…...

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