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The "Allegory of the Cave" by Plato, represents an extended metaphor that contrasts the way we believe and perceive what is in reality. In his story, Plato establishes a cave in which prisoners are chained down and forced to look upon the front wall of the cave. These prisoners have lived in this cave, which is underground, their whole life. They are bound so they cannot look in any direction except straight ahead. Behind them is a fire which is casting mysterious shadows across the wall in which the prisoners are facing. The prisoners make their own predictions as to what each shadow means. Shadows are all the prisoners ever get to see and are the realest thing in their world. When the prisoners are talking about people they are in actuality referring to the shadows they see in front of them. ��� ��� �One prisoner is then freed and forced to face the light. Once the prisoner goes through a great deal of pain and confusion at the sight of the fire, he realizes that what he sees now is more real than the shadows he had believed to be true. �He then accepts the truth behind the shadows. This stage in the cave stands for beliefs. In this stage the prisoner made contact with real things but is still unaware of the bigger picture: the world outside the cave.

Next, the prisoner is dragged and taken to the real world outside of the cave. He can only see shadows at first for he is stunned by the light. Eventually, however, he begins to see the bigger picture, noticing small details first, then big ones. The prisoner then realizes that these objects are more real then those in the cave. This stage is the stage of thought. In this stage, the prisoner gets his first glance of the realest things: the sun. Once the prisoner becomes accustomed to the light, he looks toward the sun and heavens. Then he realizes that the sun is the cause of everything he sees around him. The sun or light has helped the prisoner reach the stage of understanding. Without out the sun he would not have come to realize reality. The...

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