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On The Subject Of Education, How Are Plato’s “The Allegory Of The Cave” And Malcolm X’s “Learning To Read” Simil...

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“If we are thinking about effect of education – or the lack of it – on our nature, there is another comparison we can make”(The Allegory of the Cave by Plato 1). Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece; he was fighting for freedom and education. Malcolm X was an African-American Muslim who was fighting for human rights. They both had a vision of freedom and education. We have two stories; one is “The Allegory of the Cave” and “Learning to Read”. Education is a very useful thing that can open our eyes to many things, and we should know how we need to develop properly. Why do we have to compare these two stories? Can we conclude some very important things after reviewing? In this stories we can find two different ways how to study, even though stories have some same ideas, they are different. I have several reasons why they are different and how are they similar.
The first thing why these stories are similar is that education can totally change your view to everything. Education is a light in darkness. It can open our eyes. In the “The Allegory of the Cave”, by Plato, we have some good examples. First example is a cave. Cave shows us the world, in this world are people who can only see the attached wall, and behind them is a fire that forms a shadow on the wall. These people can’t turn around, they see only the shadow of the wall. Cave shows us that people's mind is closed from the outside world, and what they see there are shadows, but not real vision. Only education will help them to get out. Education as a light outside, he will give you understand that life in the cave is very poor and limited. And therefore it is necessary to get yourself out of the cave, despite the fact that it hurts. In the “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X, we can observe his own story from his life. He was an average boy, whose

skills in reading and speaking not really good. In one day he decided to read a lot every day, everywhere. He taught every word in the dictionary from A to Z. As a result, he has become very clever and educated man, and moreover his vocabulary was gorgeous. He said that education will open your eyes to real world, try to improve everywhere. Returning to Plato, the cave is imagination in the minds of people, many people think is limited; they need education in the form of light outside, which would show them the real world. Education helps think more broadly, you will not be closed, you will see the light and the real world, not a way of shadows.
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