Plato & Lord of the Flies

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Quotes from Plato that can tie into a study of Lord of the Flies

Plato was a Greek philosopher. He was also a mathematician and a student of Socrates. He started the first institution of higher learning in the Western world called The Academy in Athens. Plato believed in the idea that knowledge is simply a matter of recollection, not of learning, observation or study. Plato argues that knowledge is not all knowing but that it comes from divine insight. Plato wrote extensively about contrasts of knowledge and opinion. He spoke of perception and reality in customs of people and in their basic nature. Below are three quotes from Plato that can tie into the novel the Lord of the Flies.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark: the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while that people will find a way around the laws.”

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”

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