Application of Thought – Plato Allegory of the Cave

Application of Thought – Plato Allegory of the Cave 

Application of Thought – Plato Allegory of the Cave

This week we will be reading and discussing the “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato which directs our attention to the idea of humans trapped in a cave. We will also look closely at two selection of writings about how social media attempts to control us today. For this first essay, you will be discussing the concept of the cave in reality and how it applies to one of the systems below:


Social Media

Network News



You will create an argument about what the cave represents in terms of the social contracts that attempt to control us today. Pick one of the three systems above and discuss how the allegory of the cave could be applied to that system.

Below are some of the elements from the Allegory that you can analyze are:

Darkness, Shakles, Cave, Prisoners, Shadows


The Assignment

Please, make an argument about WHAT Plato’s cave represents (identity what abstract or philosophical idea being presented with the image of a cave) and WHY it is important or necessary to understand. Also, this essay is about EXTENDING analysis and SYNTHESIZING two sources. This means you need to use the two sources provided to your this week (from DB 3 & 4) throughout the essay to illustrate what the cave looks like in the real world and show an understanding of the real implications of Plato’s allegory and argument.


Things to Shoot For: What makes an academic essay?


  • Length is an arbitrary number. Start thinking about what is needed to convince the reader of your argument or point. You will need to push beyond three (3) full pages for this essay. If you find yourself struggling, then let’s discuss strategies to overcome this block.
  • A clear, specific main claim (thesis statement) in the introduction paragraph that directly connects to the assignment helps the reader and yourself know what is about to be proven. If you are struggling in your thesis development, see the Thesis Activity worksheet in the Week 2 Module.
  • In this essay, you are understanding of a complex idea from one source and showing how a narrative applies to it, so your main claim should reflect this goal. It also important to think about why the reader should care about your argument. This can be tough. Sometimes start with the “what” and then take a step back and consider the significance of the readings and your claims.
  • Develop multiple body paragraphs that follow an organizational strategy. Each should focus on one specific subtopic related to the main claim. Think about how each paragraph allows the reader to understand your argument better. Support for your argument is essential.
  • Use textual evidence by quoting and/or paraphrasing with clear explanations of key concepts from the readings.
  • Pay attention to details! A carefully proofread final draft that is generally free of distracting and confusing sentence-level errors and correctly cites the readings you’ve used adds to your credibility as a writer and critical thinker.


Tips for Success

  • Complete the assigned reading and writing homework. Go beyond what is assigned and participate actively in the writing process.
  • Reread the reading from class to deepen your understanding after we’ve discussed it Talk with the teacher if you have questions or would like to brainstorm
  • Fully participate in the class activities (discussions) so you can deepen your understanding of the readings and get ideas for your essay
  • When analyzing and evaluating the texts, there is no need for large chunks of plot summary. It is important to consider what the reader needs to know and how to introduce analysis so that it flows and leads the reader to support a claim while not just retelling what happens in the source.
  • The essay is not a narrative. Avoid first person: I, me, we, our, us. Also, avoid using the word “you” at all costs.
  • Meet with a writing tutor for one-on-one tutoring sessions that can help you brainstorm, come up with an outline, or give feedback on opportunities for improvement.
  • Learning Outcomes Being Assessed Use of MLA documentation system, including appropriate quotation rules Ability to synthesize ideas from sources to create your own argument Development of thesis and topic sentences Ability to build claims based on evidence and analysis Important Dates
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