write an essay that shows how Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” helps exp

PLEASE MUST USE this paragraph I wrote & somehow add onto it for the essay assignment
[In both Plato “The Allegory Of The Cave” and Malcolm X “A Homemade Education” prisoners find a sense of freedom and are able to change their ideology on life which before was based on illusions and deception. Both the prisoner from Plato “The Allegory Of The Cave” and Malcolm X from “A Homemade Education” can relate to each other that they felt both physical and emotional pain from acknowledging the truth about their realities. In the following passage, Plato explains how a prisoner is released and is able to discover that the life he’s been living was all a lie. “At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look toward the light, he will suffer sharp pains, the glare will distress him and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned toward more real existence, he has a clearer vision.” (1113) Plato means by this that once the prisoner was released he could not believe his eyes. Although the prisoner initially felt disbelief toward what he was seeing, he then felt agony understanding that life was all but an illusion in his eyes. In Malcolm X “A Homemade Education” Malcolm X discovers a similar sense of disbelief and agony once discovering the untold truth about history books which left out “the truth about the black man’s role.” (718) “My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.” (721) Plato’s passage can relate to how Malcolm X felt when discovering “Whitened History” which was hidden by authority. Through this Malcolm X discovered the truth about his condition, he also, like the prisoner from Plato, felt distressed and wanted to inform his fellow prisoners. In each excerpt they can relate to each other because the prisoner from Plato’s passage was resistant to accepting the truth that the shadows he was seeing his whole life were actually imitations. Once discovering “Whitened History”, Malcolm X quotes “reading had changed forever the course of my life.” (721) Meaning once he became knowledgeable about the truth and details of black history, he also felt more sensitive to the ones who did not realize the injustice and human suffering. In conclusion, both Plato “The Allegory Of The Cave” and Malcolm X “A Homemade Education” gained knowledge and received clarity about their conditions which ultimately helped shape a change in ideology. Both prisoners in each portion experienced a sense of freedom after discovering the truth and realizing they were really living in deception.]

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PLATO AND MALCOLM X: Ok, so what do they have in common? How does Plato’s text help you understand one, or some, of the issues raised in Malcolm X’s text? Do these texts complement one another in some way? I’ll just try to sketch out a few ideas that students may write about.

Malcolm X’s text is all about his idea of reading, as we learned in our first essay assignment. In his essay, Malcolm X discusses how he felt imprisoned in his own ignorance—he couldn’t express himself to others outside of the context of the street, he couldn’t read properly, converse, even understand books—he couldn’t understand what he was reading. So, he learned to read and learned all sorts of things about black history,“whitened history, etc. Malcolm X claimed that he learned much about what he calls the “truth” of black history and also how “whitened history” was a lie that excluded the reality of both the power of white racism and the awful experience of injustice suffered by African Americans throughout American history. For Malcolm X, reading was a way for him to discover the reality and truth of systematic racism in American—and it was a painful truth, right?

So, what does these ideas about “reading” have to do with Plato’s allegory? Does the allegory have anything in common with Malcolm X’s text? Does it help explain any of the issues raised in Malcom x’s essay?
So, does Plato’s allegory have anything in common, or help explain any issue in, MX’s text? Does Plato’s allegory give you any insight into what MX is saying about his experience of reading? Is MX like the prisoner in Plato’s cave? How so? Has Malcolm X spent his life staring at shadows of what is real, not knowing the real world outside his cave, outside his own earlier ignorance? Does MX, like the prisoner in Plato’s cave, turn his head—through reading—and finally experience the truth and reality of his world outside the cave? Is this process, like the prisoner in Plato’s cave, a painful process? Does it cause him pain? Explain how MX finally sees the truth and reality of his world. What kind of truth?-(whitened history). Is the painful truth of black history the “reality” that was hidden to him by “whitened history?” Is “whitened history” like the false shadows of reality that MX as a prisoner stares at? Are the puppeteers in Plato’s cave like the historians of “whitened history”?

I will be uploading both texts and also another essay I wrote prior about Malcolm X which can give you ideas on how I write and you can use some of that in this essay!

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