Comparing Plato's Allegory To The Cave

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Plato’s Allegory to the Cave connects with much of Plato’s other writings, but it also connects with Plato’s life as a philosopher in general, and the symbolism used within his writing reflects the many aspects Plato dealt with for being a philosopher in his personal life. For example, the prisoners depicted in the story represent the philosophers that are continuously seeking knowledge, much like Plato. The sun is depiction that represent truth, and the cave represent how the philosophers fit into society, and lastly the reaction he prisoners give to the escaped represent how scared people were to accept the new ideas and new philosophical truths that the philosophers presented to them. The cave allegory also connects with ideas from Plato’s …show more content…
Much like what Socrates states in Gorgias, cookery and beautification puts on a sense of falsehood, and takes away from the truth. As far as Plato’s Phaedrus connecting to Plato’s Cave, the idea of the polis was the shared factor. The polis in Phaedrus was Socrates, stating that he was a very popular figure in the public of Athens, therefore he had no reason to take his journey elsewhere, but yet the young Phaedrus convinced Socrates to come to the woods, and there Socrates delivered his two speeches. The setting thus, played an emcee role in the story, just as Plato’s Cave. Without having the setting in the cave, and then the prisoners leaving, the story would have lost its meaning, the prisoners would have never been exposed to the philosopher’s truth, just as Socrates would not have gained knowledge for his speeches by listening to Lysias in the wilderness. Aside from Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus connecting to the cave allegory, it also connects to some other ideas on philosophical