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?