How Did Socrates Return To Prison

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Socrates describes the prisoners to be chained and looking in one direction.They cannot turn, much less exit the cave, so all they see are shadows projected onto the wall in front of them. They naturally mistake these shadows for the real persons and objects that cast them. The shadows represent the everyday world that humans mistake for reality. Socrates goes on to suppose what would happen to a prisoner released from his chains. At first, he would not understand that, having taken shadows for reality, he now saw the real people and objects; it would take time to become accustomed to the light of fire and, eventually, the sun. Returning to his former prison companions, the man is trying to convey that there is actually reality behind the shadows

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