Friday, December 7, 2012
Could the city of Eldorado be compared to the Allegory of the Cave?
The people in Eldorado have never seen the outside world. They live in a perfect Utopian like society deep in a valley wedged between two cliffs. The people here are so used to perfect life that they probably take it for granted. They have no idea what life is like outside of Eldorado. I think this is very similar to the Allegory of the Cave that we read in the beginning of the year. The prisoners are tied up in the cave and have no idea there is an outside world. One of the prisoners is eventually released and shown the outside world kind of like Candide leaves Eldorado in Candide. Even though Eldorado is much more glamorous the being trapped in a cave, I think the ideas between Eldorado and the Allegory of the Cave do parallel. People should not always rely on their senses because life might be much different then what you think it is.