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Unformatted text preview: goes back to tell them about the “real reality” (outside world). 5) SYMBOLIC MEANINGS- Shadows = what we first see- Coming out of cave = a person beginning to think more deeply, percieving objects beneath the surface, new ideas (?) 6) DEFINITION OF ALLEGORY/WHY IS IT AN ALLEGORY?- Allegory = a story with an extended metaphor. Contains second meaning.- The text is allegorical because the symbols such as the prisonners, cave/shadow, etc. all represent something other than the literal definition. 7) THE ELEMENTS REPRESENT…- Cave/shadows = visual perception- Outside objects = the true images of the objects, a new idea 8) SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT The Allegory of the Cave is important because it shows that people mistake what we see in the world for reality, when it is really not. 9) WHY’D IT LAST FOR NEARLY 2500 YEARS? It lasted for nearly 2500 years because this idea can be applied to many aspects in life. We may see things so much that we start believing it to be real and the truth....
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- Fall '07
- Reality, cave, real reality