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Perla Acevedo
Maya Alapin
English 120
6 December 2014
Plato’s Allegory
The approach that people take when considering change varies. Many people
take on different approaches when evaluating this aspect of life. It all depends on the
individual and the methods that person believes changes should be made. Most often,
people tend to do things because of the influence someone else’s actions may have had
and not for their own good. Plato’s allegory of the cave is a good example of how
change can impact people’s lives drastically. It can make them see things from a whole
different perspective and possibly experience something new.
Plato’s message in the allegory of the cave is a good example about how change
can really impact our lives in different ways. Plato’s allegory explains the situation that
these men that are chained up are in; they are men that which have been chained up all
their lives. This is all they have ever known, and they do not know that a bigger world
exists around them. If one does not set out and go explore, that person is never going to
be able to learn and experience new things; It is important to expand our knowledge
and educate ourselves as it only makes more aware of the world as well as what it may
have to offer.
One of the articles online called “Plato’s political Philosophy”, the author makes
a reference and states ”humans are distinguished by an ability to see things in many

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ways, to make and interpret reality with many frameworks” (Huard). The reference
made by the author is important by noting that humans are distinguished really ties in
with that Plato was trying to get across through this allegory. If humans have the ability
to think, why don’t they do it and why do some people hold them back and don’t take a
risk for a change?
Now when the prisoner decided to go out and explore for himself in order to find
out what it was that he was seeing all along; he finally realizes that it was not a bad idea
to go and learn something new. In addition, see what the world had to offer outside of
the cave. Witnessing the world in a new perspective not only enhanced his knowledge
but, made him wiser by answering some questions he had the curiosity of answering. e
had to yet discover by going out and exploring the new world. It made him realize that
his decision on setting himself free and having the courage to go out and explore was
worth it. His knowledge obviously was expanding because he was learning new things
the whole time he was out there.
When the prisoner decides to go tell the other that are chained up what reality
is and what they have been seeing outside is something truly incredible that one must
go see these people are very stubborn. They seem like they do not want to know much
and rather ignore and not believe what the man has to tell them. These ignorant men
that are still chained up, they represent those that don’t want to go out and try
something new, they just rather hang around and do the same thing that others are
doing. Society also plays a big role on holding people back from going out and learning

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new things. Many have bad influences that don’t encourage others to educate
themselves they rather put them down and see them do the same thing that they are
doing. This is a good representation of people that are scared to go out into the world.
In an interpretation of Plato’s allegory it says “ humans tend to cave their own life and
are prisoners of the truth and set themselves to social norms” (Srivastava).
It is important to know what the person wants for example in an online source
from Princeton University states that Plato’s allegory of the cave wants to state “our
nature of education in it’s education and want of an education”. This interprets what
reality really is which to some reality is exploring the outside world really means, and
learning new things and new environments really is. For example some college students
rather stay home for college because that is all they have known and they have not
really been outside their hometown, all of their friends are doing and so they decide to
do it but then there’s those that decide to embark on a journey and decide to go out to
a whole different place and sometimes some decide to go to a whole different country
to go try something new. The person decides to release themselves from those chains
which can be compared to the hometown and explore what is outside the cave.
Many have their different interpretation on Plato’s allegory of the cave, many
that go from political, to religious interpretation, but the interpretation of education in
Plato’s allegory really emphasizes the importance of the person trying something new
and not being afraid of being different than everyone else. They want to be someone

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unique so they can go back and tell the story to others about what they saw and
experienced and just encourage others to do the same.

Works Cited
Huard, Roger. Plato’s Political Philosophy. New York: Algora, 2007
Srivastava,Swapnil “Platos Allegory of the Cave ; Meaning and interpretation”, February
15. September 18,2014
The Allegory of the Cave. “online article” Princeton University. November 2010