The Allegory of the Cave Critical Analysis In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato implies that knowledge can be achieved if one is willing to step out of the usual and seek the true meaning of things regardless of what others might think of you in the process. After being trapped in the cave all his, cave man is finally driven out of the cave into the real world. When he first comes out, his eyes are harmed by the bright light released by the sun. It makes it almost impossible for him to see but after a while his eyes adjust. Then he finally has the chance to see what a real beauty the world is. His first reaction is of confusedness because every object looks strange to him. When he is explained what each object is he refuses to accept it because all his life everything he has learned and known was in a form of a shadow. Once the cave man realizes that everything he thought was real is gone and that he has been lied to since birth the first thing he wants to do is tell everyone back at the cave that life is not what they think it is. The people in the cave don’t believe the cave man and try to convince him that the shadows are the truth but he has gotten so accustomed to the truth that is no longer possible for him to believe the shadows. A metaphor that is presented throughout the story is the cave which represents the human mind. In the story, the people in cave are enclosed in a world where shadows are the meaning of everything and there is no other explanation behind things. It takes a man to get out of the cave for him to realize that he has been taught the wrong things and that the truth was being kept behind shadows. When people open their minds to new things, their perspective changes and instead of believing everything said by other people they start to rationalize their thoughts and question explanations. Connotation can also be applied to cave. In this case the cave symbolizes our naïve mind and our disclosure to the real world. We are so stubborn to only believe what we think is true that we don’t accept others’ opinion. Another metaphor in the Allegory of the Cave is that of the sun. The sun allows you to see the truth instead of just believing that the shadows inside the cave are the only real things in the world. In reality, the sun helps you realize that the shadows aren’t the only thing that exist that the world is full of marvelous things. The sun then helps you to open your eyes to acknowledge the truth of the world. The metaphor of the sun is implying that by seeing things in the light of the sun we are able to see new ideas and new concepts unlike being chained inside the cave and only seeing shadows. Plato also uses symbolism in “The Allegory of the Cave.” The cave is dark, and therefore symbolizes a world of ignorance. Those who pursuit a life of knowledge and intelligence should make it their goal in life to help those who are still trapped inside the cave; those who are ignorant and in the dark. They need to help them come out and see the light. Everyone starts inside the cave, but as we grow older education wise, we start to slowly come out and see the light. Throughout the course of the story, Plato uses Formal diction. His words are very structured and not as easy to understand. Often, the choice of words used have a much greater and implied meaning than its literal definition. The reader has to push themselves to understand the greater meaning behind his words to understand his writing. In conclusion, Plato uses all these forms of writing such as diction, metaphors, and symbolism to illustrate that our society should not only accept what other people say just because it seems like “reality”. Instead we should really be open to other people’s opinions and analyze different points of view. People need to get out of their shell and explore the real world, find the true meaning of things, and question beliefs in order to acquire true knowledge.