Parable of the Cave

Parable of the Cave

cave dwellers see only the shadows of reality. [Gk. Phil.: Republic]
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Plato's parable of the cave defines the upward mobility of the unlearned to the learned and thereby symbolically defines education as an entire system.
She reads the parable of the cave from The Republic to demonstrate how illusory is Jacob's education in the Greek classics, and the Phaedrus to reveal the elegiac quality of that education.
It's like when Plato's character emerges from the cave into the realm of knowledge and can never go back again once he has seen the light in the Parable of the Cave.