The Allegory of the Cave

The Allegory of the Cave

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  • Glaucon........ try to imagine this, there are 4 people locked in a dark cave. They have been there ever since they were little. They are chained at there necks and can only look forward to this wall. 
  • On this wall are symbols, they don't know what they are really called they just make up names for them. 
  • That's a non-non
  • That's a tom
  • But what the people in the cave don't realize is that there are people behind them with sticks and images on them walking back and forth in the light of the fire. And that light is the only light in the cave. 
  • These kids, sit here in the dark and all day they make up stories about what they see. And who ever makes up the best story becomes the ruler and gets the most of everything in the cave 
  • Once there was a non-non who was..............
  • Wow! That's a good story 
  • Now, imagine if one of the kids is set free. The other people don't know he's been set free only he knows. And what will happen when he finds out everything he has been missing?
  • Where? Where am I going?
  • Your coming with us kid! 
  • Wow! Who new life was so great out here in the light. And did you know that they are called birds not non-non? I never knew that, it's been a little hard gusting to the light, but it's been OK! The pain is totally worth it 
  •  Glaucon......imagine how happy this guy must be to see the world?! But don't you think his eyes would hurt the first couple of days? Do you think it is worth the pain? Cause if I were him I think it would be worth all the pain. 
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