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According to Socrates, what does the Allegory of the Cave represent? What are some of the things the allegory suggests about the process of enlightenment or education? In your analysis, be sure to discuss the key elements in the imagery used in the allegory (the Cave, the prisoners, the shadows, the puppeteers, the fire in the cave, the steep ascent out of the cave, the sun, etc.), and compare the perspective of the enlightened man with the cave prisoners. How is the enlightened one treated by the prisoners when he re-enters the cave? Finally, please explain the distinction between appearances and reality presupposed by the allegory.

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