Essay heading: Plato's Allegory of the Cave

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June 26, 1998

 

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The shadows on the wall are the imperfect and skewed reflections/representations of the Forms which are real. As the story goes on, there is one man among the group in the cave who is suddenly freed from his bonds and is compelled to look around. He sees the fire behind the group, the curtain, and the objects passing by that cause the reflections...
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He sees the fire behind the group, the curtain, and the objects passing by that cause the reflections. He therefore comes to the realization that what he has believed as real objects are actually imperfect representations of what actually exists. In this part of the dialogue, Plato is referring to the philosopher, more specifically, Socrates, and his questioning mind...
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