Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" - Analysis and Summary
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October 31, 2013
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In his story, Plato establishes a cave in which prisoners are chained down and forced to look upon the front wall of the cave. In "Allegory of the Cave" there there are two elements to the story; the fictional metaphor of the prisoners, and the philosophical opinion in that the allegory is supposed to represent, hence presenting us with the allegory itself...
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The prisoners are bound to the floor and unable to turn their heads to see what goes on behind them. To the back of the prisoners, lie the puppeteers who are casting the shadows on the wall, which the prisoners are perceiving as reality.
As Socrates is describing the cave and the situation of the prisoners, he conveys the point that the prisoners would be fundamentally mistaken as to what is reality...
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