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Plato's Allegory Of A Cave

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In Plato’s “Allegory of a Cave,” a prisoner trapped in a cave wants freedom. Escaping the cave, he discovers the reality of the world. He is able to see beyond shadows; he can see dimensions and reflections in the water (of himself). Then, he realizes how mournful his former partners in the cave really are and returns to the cave to rejoin them. When he returns the other prisoners see him as deranged and say he returned with corrupted eyes.

The story is allegorical. To exemplify, the sun is a symbol for knowledge. (Explain: how?) Moreover, the dark cave indicates the concurrent world of ignorance. (Explain: how?) The chains represent anything that keeps the individual from having the freedom to learn. (Explain: how?)
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