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The Lesson Between The Myth Of The Cave

In the story of Plato’s “Myth of the Cave” Plato's analogy portrays a group of people being imprisoned in a cave and being deceived into thinking that shadows on a cave wall are all reality has to offer them. They have lived their entire life this way, and never stepped to the outside world. But if they could manage to somehow escape, they would exit out of the cave. For the first time, the prisoners would see sunlight and dimensions of such, and their mind would be blown away. They will be blinded and feel confused. Then, eventually they would want to help free others. But the majority of prisoners will not leave no matter what others say, because they are convinced that the shadows are the real world. “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara parallels Plato’s “Myth of the Cave” via the setting and characters in each of the stories. Both stories are very similar due to the fact that each is trying to send a message about the real world, and the people in it who are just ignorant and obnoxious. In “The Lesson” the setting takes place in the hood, where it is seen as a dark place where the community is not to so bright intellectually, and the people there are convinced that this is the only place they can reside in because this is where they have spent their whole lives and they are accustomed to it. If the characters were to Leave the hood if given the chance and try out the real world they would be incompetent and unfamiliar with it because, they have become so habituated with where they have settled. This resembles “Myth of the Cave” in the sense that the cave being the “hood”, where the prisoners are incarcerated, it is portrayed as a very obscure and dull environment with no type of extreme light, only fire. So the prisoners that are symbolized as characters are trapped, so immediately they think that they have no hope and ultimately grow adapted on how to settle. Throughout the story “The Lesson” the main characters are...
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