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Plato was born 427 BC and died 347 BC He was a pupil under Socrates During his studies Plato wrote the Dialogues which are a collection of Socrates teachings One of the parables included in the Dialogues is The Allegory of the Cave The Allegory symbolizes mans struggle to reach understanding and enlightenment First of all Plato believed that one can only learn through dialectic reasoning and open-mindedness Humans had to travel from the visible realm of image-making and objects of sense to the intelligible or invisible realm of reasoning and understanding The Allegory of the Cave symbolizes this trek and how it would look to those still in a lower realm Plato is saying that humans are all prisoners and that the tangible world is our cave The things which we perceive as real are actually just shadows on a wall Just as the escaped prisoner ascends into the light of the sun we amass knowledge and ascend into the light of true reality ideas in the mind Yet if someone goes into the light of the sun and beholds true reality and then proceeds to tell the other captives of the truth they laugh at and ridicule
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