Allegory of the Cave.

Allegory of the Cave.

 

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Important: Submit your essay as a Word or Rich Text Format file to Canvas. Dr. Kwa cannot open Pages files. Convert Pages files to Word by going to “Save As” in Pages and select “Word” or “Rich Text Format” under File type. Page Requirements 3 pages Point Value 100 Percentage of Final Grade 10 % Required Texts Needed to Write This Essay Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from The Republic (Links to an external site.). Video on Plato’s Cave is recommended but should not be quoted in your essay. Plato’s The Republic is your essay source. (See Canvas link under Essay 1 section) In your introductory paragraph: 1) First, describe the setting and plot of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” 2) Then describe a thought experiment in which we will call the prisoner who leaves the Cave “the philosopher.” Everyone else will be called “prisoners.” Imagine that the philosopher returns to the cave and tries to convince the prisoners to leave. In your thesis answer this question: State whether you think the philosopher will be successful at getting all or some of the other prisoners to leave the cave and 2) provide 2 reasons why by discussing specific Platonic arguments you think the philosopher would use to convince the others to leave. Possible Plato arguments to consider for your thesis (make sure to avoid plagiarism of Dr Kwa’s wording): The world of the senses is not a reliable source of universal truths. As a person who is expert at using the intellect to discover universal truths, a philosopher is the person most qualified in any community to be its highest governing leader or king. The logical ability to reason is innate and cannot be learned through education. Not all people have the ability or deserve to become part of the ruling class of philosopher kings since some people lack the innate ability to reason. Universal truths exist; these are ideas, which are true all the time regardless of time, history, context, or point of view. It is painful to be the trailblazer who travels between the world of the senses (inside cave) and the world of universal truths (outside the cave), but it is worth the discomfort because of what one can do to benefit others in society. The highest level of human achievement or the greatest good / meaningful experience one can have in life is to perceive universal truths through the intellect. In your two body paragraphs, make sure to Support your thesis by providing quotations from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from The Republic. Make sure to follow up all quotations with a 4-5 sentence explanation of how they support your topic sentence claim. Each body paragraph should discussion one idea that supports the thesis; in other words, body paragraphs should not repeat ideas from previous paragraphs and should not contain more than one main idea. ORGANIZATION TIPS 1) Thesis formation: The thesis should subdivide into two parts that match your two body paragraphs. The thesis should fully answer the essay question. It should also be specific, concise, and arguable. 2) Body Paragraph Organization and Unity: Limit to 2 body paragraphs. 3) Topic Sentences: Each body paragraph must begin with a topic sentence that tells the reader which thesis idea that paragraph will be about. 4) Concluding Sentences: Each body paragraph should end with a concluding sentence that restates topic sentence main ideas and adds supportive reasoning. The goal is to summarize the main examples you covered in that body paragraph. 5) Quotations: You will need to support any assertions you make with a discussion of quotations from the texts assigned. All quotations should have an introductory phrase and should use the following MLA format: Plato writes, “XX.” When quoting a line from a text that itself contains quotation marks, change the quotation marks you see on the page from double to single quotation marks. For more examples, go to Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) link on Canvas web site. Once there, click on MLA Style guides. 6) Quotation Analysis: All quotations should be followed by 4-5 or more sentences that provide a detailed explanation of how the quotation supports your body paragraph’s main idea. 7) Title: Divided into two parts separated by a colon. Centered. Double-spaced like your heading and the rest of your paper. Capitalize all key words. Should be a fragment. Not underlined or in boldface. No period at the end of the title. Your title should not just copy the title of this essay prompt or the title of the readings. Example: Essay Topic: Your Two Thesis Ideas 8) Conclusion: A place for you to summarize your thesis and add any last reflections on your topic. Should be no longer than half of a page. 9) Essay formatting: Use MLA format. For help, see Purdue University OWL website and click on the MLA section. 10) Number of Paragraphs: In order to pass, your essay must have an introduction that ends in a thesis statement, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You’d have an easier time with your arguments if you switched your thesis to saying the prisoners won’t leave. so go with the thisis that prisoners wont leave