The Allegory of the Cave
Philosophy 1012


11:30 – 12:45


9/12/04





The Allegory of the Cave, like most things in philosophy that I don’t understand, can be interpreted in many different ways. It basically says that people are chained to the wall of a cave and they have nothing to look at but the shadows on the wall. This is all that they know and they have never been out of the cave. What if one of these men’s chains were taken off and he was free to leave? Would the man feel pain when he saw the real world? What if the man was briefly educated before entering the real world? Perhaps the man would understand and not be confused about what is real. Questions like these would bring different beliefs and ideology to “The Allegory of the Cave”. I think the main point of “The Allegory of the Cave” is to give an example of the way that we all live our lives.


I personally feel that “The Allegory of the Cave” is an awesome explanation of how people in the world live. People are just like the men chained inside the cave, people only know and believe what he or she might have seen. Outside of the cave is the world around us. People are very narrow-minded beings. A person’s perception on life is only from his or her own experiences. When the chained men are let free is when people finally realize what is going on in the world and not just what is around them.


“The Allegory of the Cave” is an example of the way humans look at the Earth and what we feel is reality. Few break free and see what true reality is while on Earth. However, all of us find out true reality eventually, some are just gifted enough to have found it while still living.