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Allegory of the Cave Summary Per 4 Allegory of the Cave written by Plato c 427-347 BCE is a small excerpt from The Republic This is a parable concerning the growth of an individual from ignorance into an enlightened leadership role Plato describes a cave in which there are several prisoners They are chained at the neck arms and legs They cannot see behind them or even to the side of them to glance at one another Farther up behind these prisoners is a fire burning Between this fire and the prisoners is a roadway with a parapet or screen built along it Behind this screen are people holding puppets representing actual objects animals or people They cast shadows as they walk by These shadows are the only things seen by the prisoners since early childhood They believe these to be real Then Plato supposes what would happen if one of the prisoners were to be forced out of the dark cave and into the sunlight He would see the real actual objects that the puppets represented He would then gain wisdom he once did not posses Again Plato questions the reader what would happen if now the enlightened prisoner went back into the cave What if he told the others of what he saw Plato explains that they would laugh even possibly kill him Instead of quarreling about what shadows came in what order the returning prisoner would try and explain in reality what the shadows were But he is only laughed at The returning prisoner took the initiative to try to tell others the truth and reality He will see far better than those down there always Leading with a good heart
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