Ishmael and the cave

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Ishmael and the cave By Nathan Sullivan After reading both A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and Plato’s allegory of the cave, it’s strange how easily that the two can be compared. With one being a painful memory of a young man’s childhood and the other being only an outlook on how education works with humans. However the comparison’s are there and they are in the high numbers. The simplest thing that can be compared between the two is that in Plato’s story of the cave he states that there are a people that are devoid of sunlight. This refers to their lack of knowledge and is a great way to show how Ishmael’s mind was when he was in the military. However, he was not always like this, he was at one time a happy child that loved to dance and play with his friends. Once he had joined the military he was in a way, being dragged into the cave without any light and just as Plato stated in his writing all that Ishmael was when he was young had been taken away from him or suppressed. Now all that he knew was that he had to kill or he would be killed and he trusted that this was all there was in the world now, it is easy to compare this way of thinking to the
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