“Allegory of the cave”
“Allegory of the cave” maipate191 The Cave World How would it feel to be chained down in one room in one place Without being able to move the head and all you can see is a wall? Plato realizes that the general run of humankind can think and speak without any awareness of his realm of forms. His “Allegory of the cave” explains this in details. Allegory is referred to as a figure of language which can be expressed in pictures, sculptures, or any other form of art. In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the theory of forms to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn heir heads.
All they can see is the wall and behind them burns a fire. Between the fire and the prisoners, who are chained dowr„ there is a parapet, along Which puppeteers tan walk. The puppeteers. Who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that. cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners cannot see or hear these puppets, the real objects that pass behind them. All they see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they cannot see. All the prisoners would think, what they see on the wall is a reality They do nor know anything bout the outside world.
Being tied down at one place without being able to move your head is no joke. It is hardest thing to do for any human being. These prisoners have stayed that way for their whole life. I cannot even imagine myself being one of them. All you are seeing on the wall are shadows. Plato asked to consider What would happen if the prisoner was released from their chain and set tree. That prisoner would be forced to haue to stand up, walk upright, and walk with his eyes directed towards the light. All These movements would he ainful to said prisoner.
The prisoner would also be dazzled by all that existed in this “outside world” to notice what objects had been making the illusions and shadows all along. If someone told him that what he had formerly had seen was a meaningless illusion and was actually now nearer to reality then before, it would be extremely difficult for the prisoner to belieue_ If someone actually showed him the various objects being carried and told what each of them was, the prisoner would he perplexed and would probably believe that most of the bjects shown to him were not real and what he formerly saw was.
What would happen if the prisoner had to look at the firelight itself! According to Plato, the prisoners eyes would ache and he would try to escape to the things he could see clearly. The prisoner would then be convinced that they were clearer than those other objects being shown to him. The prisoner would have To get familiar with objects before he could see things in the “upper world. ” It would be easier to start with small, viewing things such as shadows and reflections before he viewed ore difficult images such as that of sky, the light of the moon, and the stars.
Then, prisoner can nncn/e onto view the sun and consider its existence. Getting out of the cave after living your whole life tied down to one place would he very tough and see the real world, What they saw on the wall is what they believed. Now getting out and seeing real things would be hard to believe. Their reality was the shadows they saw on the wall. cannot imagine anyone I know or myself living the life that the prisoners have lived.