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The Emphasis of Education in Plato's

Cave Allegory
Kristina Moon
English 120-Alapin
October 1, 2014
Only the educated are free.~Epictetus

Introduction

Plato is known for implementing education in his works.

Why

is it needed?

Why

is it important?

What

can you achieve?

Plato also liked to use symbolism to get his point across.

Darkness
The

represents uneducation.

brightness of the world outside the cave represents education.

Discusses

missing.

how the prisoners may not have even realized what they were

Plato's Allegory of the Cave


Prisoners are chained and bound
inside of a cave.

He runs back to the cave to tell


his friends that are still chained

They can't even move their heads what he has seen.


from side to side.

They don't believe him and

threaten to kill him.


All the prisoners can see are
shadows that are in front of them
formed by the fire above and
passing people.

One of the prisoners is released


and experiences the outside world.

Confined
Implied that the prisoner is uneducated
and close minded.

Much like the prisoners, uneducated


people don't move their heads. The don't
want to see what's on either side of them.

It's

what is familiar to them.

Content
No

living dull, uneducated lives.

interest in changing for the better.

Symbolism is used to differentiate between the


educated and the uneducated.

Darkness

of the cave-uneducated

Brightness

of outside the cave-educated.

Just like in the cave, our lives would be dark


and gloomy without education.

Similar to the restricted prisoners, we are


confined by being uneducated.

It's

not until you break those chains that you


see what you're missing.

The cave image is offered as an analogy for the human condition-for our education
of lack of it.(Education and Plato's Parable)

Set Free
Once introduced to the world outside, they
were able to see what the world offered.

More

confining inside the cave walls.

Being

educated opens up so many more


possibilities than being confined and not
opening your mind.
Education can be compared to enlightenment.

To impart

light to

knowledge or to give intellectual

Plato was a strong believer in education.

Believed

that everyone was capable of


learning and that there was an instrument of
learning in everyone.

It is through seeing the light-educationthat the prisoner is truly freed.(Beyond


the Shadows)

Thus Plato would believe that the freed


prisoner would suddenly be compelled to
turn toward the light, that is, to be
educated.(Beyond the Shadows)

Proves

that prisoner is literally enlightened


when released to the outside world.

Change?
Already established the prisoners are
uneducated, close minded and unwilling to
change.

They've been chained their whole lives so


how do they know they're supposed to
change?

How

are they supposed to know there is a


better life for them?
Why

would they want to change?

Just like the prisoner, an uneducated


person may be content in being
uneducated.

The essential point is that the


prisoners in the cave are not seeing
reality, but only a shadowy
representation of it. (Analysis of the
Allegory)

The bound prisoner-and by


implication the ordinary uneducated
person-has no access to intelligible
forms. In fact, he has no idea there are
such things...Still his epistemic
horizons are limited. (Education and
Plato's Parable)

Conclusion

Education gives people the freedom to make more choices.

Uneducated

individuals have limited opportunities to further their lives

Plato made the difference between uneducated and educated individuals


very clear.

Educated:

World outside the cave.

Uneducated:

Prisoners/inside the cave

Knowledge is great but if it's not wanted it can be a downfall.

What if the cure for cancer or the next Einstein is in the mind of one of
those prisoners???

Works Cited
Aguirre, Bianc C. Beyond the Shadow through the
Instruments of Our Souls: Education trough Plato's Allegory of
the Cave. Electrum Magazine. 31 Dec 2011. Web 15 Sep
2014.

Analysis of the Allegory of the Cave by Plato.


123HelpMe.com. Web 15 Sep 2014.

Education and Plato's Parable of the Cave. Originally


appeared in Journal of Education 178/3. 1996. Web 15 Sep
2014.