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Unformatted text preview: they perceive to be reality. Plato seems to be trying to educate the reader to look beyond their initial knowledge and not judge what is not known. In theory the prisoner escapes and finds out everything he has known in this cave throughout his life to be false. He would have never have had to deal with this revelation if he had not prejudged. These prisoners are unenlightened to the ways of the world. Plato says And if he had to discriminate between the shadows, in competition with the other prisoners, while he was still blinded and before his eyes got used to the darkness-a process that would take some times-wouldnt he be more likely to make a fool of himself? Plato is insinuating the dull minds of the prisoners could not handle a venture out of the cave. Their minds are programmed to win the game of shadows in the cave, not to seek anything higher or to become enlightened....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Salcedo during the Spring '07 term at UT Arlington.
- Spring '07