Analysis of Platos Allegory of the Cave
Analysis of Platos Allegory of the Cave victoriasot022 Analysis of Platc:s Allegory of the Cave In Platos Allegory of The Cave, readers are provided with a clever metaphor that some may argue is nor relatable to todays society However, the prisoners stuck in this cave represent Americans in our country today, Because of how we live. at times, we can be stuck facing the wall of our own cave and completely oblivious to the truths of what is actually going on in our country and the world around us.
There are certain aspects of the cave that are keeping us attached nd that shield us from the truths of our county; some of these characteristics are our tear of being judged, perceptions of what is real, and the media. The prisoners in the cave watching their lives unfold on the cave wall in front of them represent us as Americans in society today. The fear that the prisoners have to break free of the chains that bind them to the cave represent us and our fear of change or not fitting in with the people around us. For instance, take money and what a certain person in this country may or may not be able to afford as an example.
We tend to spend the money that do not have on hings like clothes, vacations, and houses. One may nor be able to afford the fancy car that everyone else around them seems to he driving but the fear of being judged by the car they can afford requires them spend too much money on the fancy, expensive car. The prisoners are just gazing at the wall until one is broken free and goes to see the real world. We as Americans need to not fear of being judged by certain things and have open minds about each other and ourselves. We have to look ar society and oursetves as a whole and with reason.
We need to break free from the chains binding us to the cave. e people carrying figures of the humans, animals, and plants cast images on the wall for the prisoners to interpret what they think the world outside of the cave is like. These people represent the political, business, educational, and religious Imders that feed the average American their own beliefs about various things taking place in our country. President Obama is an example of one of these people. He is the one who primarily tells us What to believe on certain subjects.
An example of one of President Obama’s major verdicts would be our economy. In the past four years, President Obama has continuously made peeches about improving our economic status and building more jobs for evQlyone in America. He says “Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs…. we cant wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, will. ” This is a strong and confident statement from our president, but how do we know how much our Congress will allow him to do?
Though his statement may be correct, it is nota proven fact. Just as the prisoner who was freed from the cave and able to explore and form his own thoughts ot he world, we as Americans have to formulate our own personal beliefs on certain subjects and not buy in to the perceptions and beliefs of what is being fed to us. The people who were carrying the figures are described as on a roadway. The roadway acts as the path that is used to deliver the message that our leaders want delivered or what they want us to hear.
Our media is the path that our leaders use Either through certain television networks or rhe Internet, rhe message that our leaders want To get across to Americans will get to us some way some how. If we were to hear a story on the news stating that there was a ar going on in Iran, we would automatically believe it without doing our own investigating because it was said on the nevus. At times news broadcasters will share stories that may come across as biased simply because of their networks uiews and opinions.
We need to begin to actually research what we hear through these media sources to form our own reasoning and opinions and not lust believe What we see on the cave wall (the media). The shadows on the wall are What the prisoner’s mistake as reality; here in this country, it is the actual ideas that the leaders push on us to believe and we do. Whether it is through our fear of being judged, perceptions of what is real, or the media, we accept all of these things as they are given to us TIPIato describes the Good as having power and energy, just as the sun has the power to warm our skin.
He sees the Good as the source of beauty, right, reason. and truth. In our country of shadows, the Good we experience is also a shadow of the true Good. The true good is being able to live in a country where we are not judged, and to know what is real and not real. The true good is the ability to trust what is presented to us by our leaders We must break free from the chains of this ountry to experience what The Good really is, OPIato’s cave is an allegory of the human condition: each Of us a prisoner. ntil we can break free. We perceive reality through imperfect eyes. accepting what is portrayed to us without a doubt. We need to realize that not everything that is presented to us is always true. Accordingly, to break free, uue must open our eyes and see the truth about the count”/ around us The truth is that we are prisoners ot our own beliefs. The major elements Plato uses to tell The Allegory Of the Cave can be represented in today’s society.