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Plato’s allegory In addition to the dialogue form, Plato also writes in the form of an allegory. An allegory is a "A form of extended metaphor in which objects and persons in a narrative, either in prose or verse, are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. Thus it represents one thing in the guise of another--an abstraction in that of a concrete image.” www3.telus.net/eddyelmer/Tools/litterms.htm Therefore, an allegory often uses things to represent larger ideas. When you read the Allegory of the Cave look for what types of representations Plato is trying to make. What does the cave represent? What does the light represent? An allegory is much like a fable. Fables and other oral stories were used (and still are) to teach a lesson. Plato also uses this type of seemingly fictitious tale to teach us something that is true for all humankind. As with fables, Plato tries to expose universal meaning in his allegory. A
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