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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"


In this essay, Plato talks about some human beings chained in a straightforward manner, not allowed to look around. Such depicts man’s being a “slave” to his and the surrounding’s negative traits, ways, thoughts, outlooks, etc.

The fire symbolizes the false assumption of man that what he does and believes in is okay, and when he sees the light of the sun, he is “blinded” by its brightness; thus, he instinctively closes his eyes. The sun symbolizes the truth and reality which man does not immediately accept since he has already grown accustomed to his negativities.

The reaction of immediately closing his eyes due to the sun’s brightness may be only for a short while or may be prolonged. If it is only for a short while, man then can change his bad ways into good ones shortly, but if prolonged, change can also be prolonged.

For so many years, there are many interpretations of this essay, and the above is my interpretation of such. - Ann R. Villanueva

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