Why are the prisoners like us? Allegory of the cave.

Part I. Why are the prisoners like us?

In the ‘Allegory of the Cave’, Socrates clearly refers to human beings and the context of life that has placed individuals as prisoners in different ways, the most prominent one, and the one Socrates had in mind being lack of knowledge. As such, Plato did not only draw this story from his initial Theory of Forms, but also related it to the theory of stages of life. In his study of forms, Plato suggested that the forms that appear to human beings as the world are only a reflection of the more ideal and perfect forms (Dooley 39). Case in point, Plato’s main idea was that human beings should not only rely on their physical senses in judging the true forms of things in the world but should also include thought and reason to logically evaluate what they perceive. It is only through proper understanding of the forms that individuals perceive that true knowledge can be acquired. In the same sense, the prisoners in the cave represent humans who are blinded by their physical senses in obtaining the true knowledge about forms (Dooley 39).
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