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It seems one of the most famous exerts of Platos The Republic is the one of the cave In my History class we watched a video on over Platos book and a major portion was about the cave metaphor The sections that lead up to this metaphor play a major part in understanding what Plato means by telling this story through Socrates The main theme that leads up to the cave is that everything that we see is just a reflection of some perfect idea For instance when we see a tree Socrates says that its not really a tree but a reflection of what our idea of what a tree is An example would be that when someone who studies Geometry looks at a circle they dont dwell on if it is a perfect circle they just say it is a circle because that is the reflection of what their idea of a circle is Therefore when the prisoners of the cave see the shadows of the real world that is the only perception of the world Since they cant perceive anything else the shadows are the reflection of their ideas of what the real world is It takes the concept of everything being a reflection of one perfect world and simplifies it This in my opinion is what the main theme is however I also see another relation to earlier ideas and the cave metaphor During the metaphor Socrates address that if one of the prisoners were to get free and see the outside world they would have a hard time adjusting This is because seeing the light and the outside world goes against everything that they believe from seeing and learning from the shadows his entire life The major concept here is that it takes time for him to adjust to the reality outside the cave and its not something that he can adjust to right off Then Plato goes on
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