Allegory of the Cave



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English 1A—Discussion Questions: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
1. What is an allegory, and how does Plato’s story fit this definition?
2. Why is the world of sensory perception somewhat illusory?
3. In what sense might Plato’s allegory fit contemporary society? What in our contemporary

world be similar to the shaow images projected on to the wall at the back of the cave?


4. What does the prisoner’s escaping his bonds and coming out into the upper world

signify?
5. Socrates states that Athens should compel the best and the most intelligent young men to be



rulers of the state. Comment on this. Is this feasible? desirable? equitable?
6. Construct a drawing of your understanding of Plato’s cave.


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