How The Divided Line Relates With The Cave And Light Of Sun

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In one of Plato’s most famous three analogies, that of the divided line, which was perfectly, rather clarified in the book The Republic. It is one of the most articulate stories. Plato brought out these models of truth, knowledge, and the natural world of truth along his analogy of the divided line. However, Plato’s analogies are over 1900 years old, I believe but they can still play a big role in today’s world. Plato believes that his manner of knowledge produced in his divided line, can be a significant part in creating a healthier culture and community.
Plato’s expression about his analogy of levels of knowledge, and the nature of certainty that he called the divided line. Plato ...view middle of the document...

Further, this prisoner started seeing and thinking belief due to the outcome of experiencing the objects of trees and animals that were fake improperly in the cave. Now we can say this prisoner’s authenticity has moved from imagination and belief in picture world to thinking in which Plato called the intelligible world. In this case, this prisoner has improved from opinion to knowledge on his way of awareness. Then with this new knowledge this prisoner now get to know how pointless the other prisoners live are. That these other prisoner’s lives rotate in cycle of something, which happened not to be real. Also this prisoner that escaped the cave can be compelled awaken to the other prisoners in this newborn world.
The thing Plato saw and suggest to his readers that the majority of humanity live in “the cave”, dark, and with the possibility of knowledge is what can bring them out from darkness. He explain it like these, because “the conversion of the soul is not to put the power of sight in the soul’s eye, which already has it, but to make sure that, insisted of looking in the wrong direction it is turned the way it ought to be.” This makes Plato to reject the sophists, who bring into being “true knowledge” with his three worlds: the cave, the dark, and the bright that it is impossible due to invariable transform. In this sense, Plato understood there is a “true idea of justice”. Therefore, the cave actually brought this out vividly.
For instance to Plato, self-control, refinement, spirit, straightforwardness, and the sense to inhale the forms were some of the very fundamental qualities that made a good and just ruler. Therefore, in respect to Plato, “since those who are able to grasp what is always the same in all respects are philosophers, while those who are not able to do so and who wander among the many cities?”1 this tells us that philosophers are suppose to be the ones who can rule over others. This was made clear in the book that these were the only able group who can clearly grasp the true forms through mind and value the essence and proper magnificence that made these forms as well as the excellent. Meanwhile, most of the citizens do not understand. According to Plato, “WHEN WE TURN OUR EYES TO THINGS WHOSE COLORS ARE NO LONGER IN THE LIGHT OF THE DAY BUT IN THE GLOOM OF THE NIGHT, THE EYES ARE DIMMED AND SEEM NEARLY BLIND, AS IF CLEAR VISION WERE NO LONGER IN THEM, YET WHEN ONE TURNS THEM ON THINGS ILLUMINATED BY THE SUN, THEY SEE CLEARLY AND VISION APPEARS IN THOSE SAME EYES.”2 This thought and quotation in a way neatly explain the analogy.
A prisoner who escapes the boundaries of the cave explores all the way through an unusual journey, which made him to come to an advanced sphere, and spot on authenticity, now his mentality has changed he can now grasp the forms. Someone can never progress to the forms without getting beyond, objects, images, and much further reasonable equipment. Moreover, some things that are...

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