Plato’s Allegory of The Cave

Plato’s allegory speaks of people who have been imprisoned in a cave their entire lives.With their back to the entrance they only see objects and beings via their shadows cast on the wall and thus believe the shadows are those respected things themselves.  Eventually one of the prisoners escapes and steps into the light for the first time and is overwhelmed by its power and struggles to adjust to his new surrounding, however ventures on until he begins to see clearly and painlessly in the light. He then is told and sees that the shadows in which he believed were real were merely casted off the actual object. With his new enlightenment he returns to the cave to speak of the real world which he has discovered to the other prisoners hoping to set them free, but is met with hostility and cries of insanity, refusing to be set free. 


The resemblances is uncanny. In todays society we are bombarded with superficial standards and absurd ideals as to what constitutes as beauty, happiness and love and all the rest. We are born into a system which favors certain ideals and thus we grow up wanting to achieve these specific objectives.  How does one discern illusions from reality when all you’ve ever seen were shadows? Maybe it’s time to start asking: What is reality? And why we believe it to be so. Only then will we uncover what are mere reflections and what are truth. This will lead to the ultimate question of all: Who casts the shadows? And why?





Wake Up Cloud. Unknown. [online] Available at: [Acceesed 17 Aug. 2017]

Author: xjaypattersonx

BA Film student seeking to analyze and interpret the messages of imagery which the media displays.

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