Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave

 

Directions: In a typed, 1 page single spaced response, consider the following prompts.  You must complete reading Allegory of the Cave before you attempt to address the writing prompt.

 

Option 1: Using The Allegory of the Cave as your guide, talk about one moment in your life when you found yourself leaving the cave.  Keep in mind that such an experience would require more than just becoming involved in something new or different.  To leave the cave would also require that you search out a new perspective because you have come to question the reality of what you had thought was the truth.  Or you could find that a new perspective has jarred you as your realize what you thought had been the truth was not totally the case.

 

Option 2: Using The Allegory of the Cave as your guide, respond to the following question:  How is LHS like The Cave?

           

In your response, you should bring in different elements of The Allegory of the Cave to see how they might apply to LHS.  For instance, was your transition from middle school to high school a cave-like experience? Do you view LHS as the cave itself or as "the light"? Talk about a high school experience when you found yourself leaving the cave - seaking out a new perspective because you came to question the reality of what you thought was the truth. Was this newly discovered truth painful or difficult to see? In what manner might you have sought to communicate your own cave experience to those who had not yet questioned their image of the truth?  Did you find any resistance to your questioning the truth?  How did you react to that struggle?

 

Note: It is not necessary to address all of the questions in your response.  I am looking for you to synthesize your understanding of The Allegory of the Cave with your own life experiences.

 

Adapted from lessons created by Rebecca Levine, history teacher for Westport public schools.