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Essay heading: Allegory of the Cave
 
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In reading this story by Plato about the 4 stages of reality you start to see and understand why he perceived things the way he did. He made some truly believable points to the reality of life in this story. In the story it related the 4 stages of reality to prisoners that were chained up in a den. They saw shadows of men passing along a wall...
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In reading this story by Plato about the 4 stages of reality you start to see and understand why he perceived things the way he did. He made some truly believable points to the reality of life in this story. In the story it related the 4 stages of reality to prisoners that were chained up in a den. They saw shadows of men passing along a wall...
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