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Since the beginning of society man has had the time to look into his life for the truth Many philosophers believed that it is nearly impossible to see the real truth because of society And if by some stroke of luck they do get to see the truth they are forever changed by it society has a way of destroying those people This idea has been used in many stories poems and bits of philosophical writings The best of these works take these ideas and incorporate them into the plot of the story This is most evident in the philosophical writing The Allegory of the Den by Plato the short story The Bet by Anton P Chekhov and the poem Pegasus Lost by Elinor wylie Many philosophers believed that man is forced by societys influence to turn his back on the truth This belief can be seen easily in the philosophical writing The Allegory of the Den The main characters in this story are prisoners in a cave They are chained with there backs to the light The light is the truth and the chains represent societys iron grip The prisoners are chained so they cannot move their heads to see the light They are only allowed to see the reflections and shadows of the light or the truth But because the shadows and reflections are all they can see it is what they believe to be true no matter what they are told And because this is all they are allowed to witness the prisoners give each other merits or jobs on what they can see They end up living their whole lives believing in a lie This idea of society controlling mans ability to see the truth is also evident in the the short story The Bet by Anton P Chekhov In this story the characters are discussing capital punishment and life imprisonment This soon becomes a
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