The Use Of Allegory In Plato's Cave

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The allegory he uses in the cave is that the prisoners who are chained to the wall and forced to watch the shadowy figures and scenes that can be seen through a curtain - the shadowy figures (which we know are not real), becomes their view of reality. If a prisoner was released and forced to see the 'real' world as we know it, the brilliance of it would be painful and difficult for the prisoner to understand. At first the man would want to return to the cave and the comfort of his own reality, but once he became used to it he would eventually realize that he had been living a life of illusion in a world that he didn't even know that the sun existed. He may go back and try to teach his fellow prisoners about his new reality, but if he attempted

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