Platos Allegory of the Cave

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The people inside sit side by side. Their hands and legs are chained to the ground. They face a wall in the cave. The cave is illuminated by a fire behind the people. On the wall, there are projections of shadows created by the fire and objects that passes by fire. The prisoners don't know this, of course, because they are bound so tight that they can't turn their heads. There are people that are carrying objects to create the shadows. Not everyone is bound. The shadows represent the reality of which the prisoners see. They are chained down so they are compelled to see and accept whatever they see as true. The cave represents the society in which we live in. The people manipulating the shadows are the leaders of our society. Plato describes a situation is which a prisoner managed to escape. The prisoner turns around and realized that the fire burns his eyes. He begins to have difficulty seeing the shadows that he saw all his life. The road to the outside of the cave is a painful one. But when he escapes outside of the cave, the world is a mystery to him. His eyes begins to adjust to the Sun and he sees again. He then learns of how the world really works. Plato's intention here was to show how people are compelled to learn because we are all curious. The man sees the fire and it blurs his vision of the shadows. That can be deduced as the man begins to deny the idea that the wall is his reality.…

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