I can't imagine what life must be like living in a cave your whole life. When you get out (assuming you ever do), you wouldn't have any training about the real world. Honestly, I thought this was quite disturbing myself. How would you know how to walk?? If your chained your whole life, you wouldn't ever need to. Did someone teach him how to talk? How could you describe something if you didn't know what it was?? It must have been so overwhelming!!
I have to dissagree with you Braydon. Its not like they are born chained to that wall, at one point they had to have been raised by someone. Honestly, I wouldnt want to grow up in a cave! Also there was a village outside of the cave, maybe he was raised there... Nobody knows their past lives growing up...
I Think living in a cave would be torture because you cant feel fresh air or rain drops and you cant be active. Also you cant swim, take a shower, learn about past or pesent, take some pills if your sick, and cant hut. Last if you are chained you cannot do any thing in your life, you'll just die of hunger or sickness
I agree with Braydon and Blake. Yes the people in the cave that are chained up probably wasn't born there and they probably new how to walk before, but they also could've forgotten how to walk. And it would be very difficult to live in a cave for a long period of your life and it would be hard to adjust to the outside world. Also it would be hard to talk, unless you kept talking to other people while chained up to a cave wall.
I think that is just plain torture. It is just sad that they weren't able to walk, or turn around to see the people and the animals, and just stare at the cave walls all day. Just imagine if you could not do any thing. Even if your friend tries to talk to you and tell you the stories of being outside, you could not understand them and all you could hear is a strange sound echoing. Being in prison in a cave is mean, I would rather be locked behind bars then in a boring cave.
I think it's just sad how they we're chained up and kept in the cave like that. It's not fair how they are chained up with noises upon them and they can't turn around. They have to face one wall looking at shadows pass by. They can't walk, talk or even breathe fresh air. They have to suffer what is in that cave. To me I honestly think that doing that to people is no way to treat a human being. All of those people have to stay in that cave for a long period of time and they go through a lot.
I agree with every one so far...Well probably except for Braydon...But as everyone said before, It must be like a slow painful way to die like in the Mayor and Lawyer Bet. You don't see the outside, you cant see other people, and all you do is stare at the wall. I mean i can barley stare at the same thing for 10 seconds...
I agree with milson. I couldnt not imagine staying in a cave all my live. There no xbox or anything.i respect them because they are strong people. Also it was pretty funny how the prisoner go dragged out of jail
I don't believe that this is completely unfair. This is because they are prisoners. They committed a crime and they must pay for what they done. However, I also believe that the punishment is a bit harsh.
Try to get past your feelings about the treatment of the prisoners; think about the concept of allegory and how it applies to the plot events of this clip.
It seems so terrible to be in a cave for your whole life. The claymation explained the nature of humans making a discovery. The free man saw the world and went back, naturally to tell his friends.
I can't imagine feeling the way the prisoners did when they looked at the Lls at the shadows of the unknown objects.
I think that it was wrong not letting prisoners explore life. All day long they just see shadows and not knowing what it is. They also hear echos and not know what they're saying. It's like playing video games all day and not knowing how it feels to play sports outside your yard. If your in a cave for a lifetime, you're probably going to get confuse what it feels like going outside of the cave.
When the prisoner escapes he doesn't know how to make the other prisoners believe what he's saying. So none of the prisoners will never believe what's outside the cave.
I don`t think that this is very fair treatment and I cant Imagine what it`s like to live in a cave. However, I don`t believe that is what the story is trying to tell you. To me, and this is just the way I see it, this tale represents religion. The people passing through, to the prisoners, are those beliefs told about that certain religion that can be seen or believed to look like anything those people choose to believe. When the prisoner was released, he saw these things for himself. Meaning, when a person claims to have seen or dreamed about other things, he tells everyone, just like the man did to the other prisoners. These people, or in this case, prisoners, can see his words as just another tale, or believe him anyway. This does not mean that what the man said isn't true.
Sorry, I forgot to mention this. For example, In Animal Farm when Moses, The bird, told the other animals about sugar candy mountain.
If that was the first time i saw the outside world, and i ran back to the cave and they didn't understand me. I would break them out because if that was my first time seeing that, i would want to exspereance it with my freinds.
I agree with Andrew I would go. see the world with my friendsb
If I were the prisoner that got out I would be in shock by seeing peoples faces, different colors, and how the earth looks like. If I was the prisoner that would be locked in the cave forever I would eventually would find a way to kill myself. To me it would be torture to see people be free and walk and hear their echos. If all of your life is just agony then I would want to leave it.
I agree with Darby. If you are so used to sseing things as shadows and never seeing any acctual thing, I wouldn'y believe what was around me. If I had been locked in a cave all my life, what happened in the cave is the things you see and believe. I would more than likely kill myself because I would think it's a dream and I couldn't escape to my normal reality which would be the shawdows and weird echos.
I think that the prisoners represent us, humans. The prisoners can only look one way and I think that represents us being close-minded to things that are different then what we know. When the one prisoner is able to experience the outside world it symbolizes a new way of seeing things and being open-minded. I believe that the shadows the prisoners see on the wall represent the fact that we can see things but we don't know where they come from or their meanings. Overall I think that the story represents "the little world that we live in" and the fact that we are not always accepting to anything different than what we know. I think the story also tells us that just because we don't accept something, it does't make it any less real.
Putting myself in the free prisoner's position, I think that being released would just be a lot to handle and take in. One major difference would be the fact that you can see things, other than your fellow prisoners and shadows. If I were him I would be very curious to what things look like and to explore the world beyond the cave. I would also be very curious to what other people's lives are like because the only thing that I would know to do is kneel and look straight ahead. Even though everything would be very, very different from what I had known my whole life I would still try to be accepting of other people's life, opinions, and customs.
First, I think it would be rotten to live in a cave. Never seeing the world, never escaping, a never ending world of torture and shadows. I would HATE to be one of those prisoners! And I would untie my friends if I was released, so they could rejoice in our new world also. The world that was never there before.
Wow, Emily (and many others of you as well), some very deep thoughts indeed! I would however like to pose a question (or two): If in fact you've always known the cave, the chains, the shadow images, its smells and the smells of the passers-by, are you knowledgeable about the meaning of suffering? How does a prisoner here really know that he has it so bad?
My real answer is below Mr. Herr. This was just a comment. But to answer your question: you say they see shadows. They hear muffled sounds. So, they know those connect to something that they do not have. It's the puzzle piece they will never get.
Now, for the thought BEHIND the video. I agree with Mackenzie; it could represent religion. But here's the first thing that came to my mind: Troubles. The prisoners are chained by troubles, by their fears, by sorrows they cannot let go. The fire at their back is their pain, always roaring, never ending. It burns and fuels their sorrow, and always reminds them of it. The prisoners drown in their troubles and sorrows, and never see the outside world. Everything else is just grotesque shadows floating on the walls, their voices distorted, their presence meaningless. The people walking by have no troubles, or if they do, they have forced it down. They walk a bright path of wonders and wills and experience and dreams. The prisoners know of none of this, because they don't bother to lift their head above the waves of their depression. The free man, is a man who moved on from his troubles. He cast them aside, and dealt with them. Now he gets to experience a whole new world before him, free of his commitment to pain and sorrow and sadness. But frantically he runs back to his friends, but his friends do not hear him! So covered in misery, the blanket of it so thick, they are muzzled and suffocating in their depths, so they don't bother to listen to their friend. They shut him out, and he becomes just another taunt, another free soul, another bother in their lives they do not bother to deal with. The fire behind the free man's back is gone, it burned out, he now, is safe. But the prisoners, in order to escape, must first learn, to move on.
I agree with Emily because I get it.
I can definitely see this in the story. I think this is a great way to look at it. I agree.
I think the treatment thingy towards the prisoners isn't fair. If they're in the century I'm guessing they're in, they should be way past cavemen. Besides, if they were average prisoners as the way the clip described them, they should die from fright phobia or some disease from being scared of the unknown shadows in front of them coming from behind.
I think this is completely unfair. I know they've committed a crime and they have to pay for it by being chained up and all, but I think the punishment is a bit harsh. If I was in a cave, I'd probably die because I wouldn't see the world, my parents, or my friends. I also wouldn't have any food but anyways I'd probably die if I lived in a cave and I was chained.
I think it was very unfair to make the prisoners stare at the wall the whole time. I mean, I would like to look around some times. Also, I wondered who they could surrive for so ong without water.Do they just drink the water from the cave's ceiling? Just most important questions I want to ask.
I could not imagine having to be chained up and living in a cave. My reasons are, if he is chained, he probably will never get to get physical exercise. You would get very lonely because you are alone. Also, he would not be very healthy because he is chained up in a cave so, food is already scarce. To make things even more difficult, he would have to catch it while being chained up.
I would think about it from the prisoners point of view first. The prisoner does not necessarily feel like he is missing out on life because he is not living outside in the world he just has a rough idea about the things that go on out there and with the strange echoes and shadows. Just like we don't necessarily think that we are missing out on a big adventure being chained in a cave. So when the peopele in the cave go out and experience the new world its like all overwhelming and surreal that they think its a dream or something of the sort and its just out of the ordinary from their usual lifestyle. Its the same for us if we decided to be locked up in a cave and staring at a wall for a long time it would be out of our usual lifestyle and we would feel that it is unfair to live in a cave for the rest of your life as in the men in the cave would feel that it is unusual and confusing to live outside in the real world. Thats my thought on it :)
I agree with Brittney. The only thing the prisoner has seen is the cave and shadows. Since this is the only thing he has seen he might think there are only caves and shadows if he leaves. The punishment is unfair to us but not so much to him.
I think that it is unfair for the prisoners to be in such a terrible place! I mean sure they should get punished for their crime but not how it was in the video.And the shadows are really creepy because they never know who's behind them.But i don't think the prisoners really feel sorry for themselves because they don't know what's out there.
I think it's unfair to let one person go and go see the world but the other two stay it is not right
I think it would have been pretty hard to stay in a cave for pretty much your whole life doing nothing but starring at the wall. If it was me, after being free i probably would have died because I never would have had to take care of myself ._.
I think living in that cave for your whole life would be very hard if I remembered what I had seen in the world, if I didn't remember it would be fine nameing all the things I heard or saw.
I agree with you cameron it would be pretty difficult living in a cave for your whole life but at the same time you don't know about there past so you can't really say what it is because it depends on the past if they've been outside in the world it will be bad because you've experienced freedom but if it was your whole life it won't be as bad.
Well, I would hate to be in a cave my whole life and never getting to see the world. But I don't think I would know if there was another world. The people walking behind me, for all I know, could just be going to another cave. I wonder if they ever got fed or drank water?
Well, if i were the prisoner I would be very afraid to step in the outside world. I think that this treatment is just cruel and horrific. I also thought this video was very disturbing and I wish that I have never seen it. If I were the prisoner, I probably wouldnt have left the dungeon place because I would be scared. I think that I would be more comfortable in the dungeon. :)
Is it the treatment of stepping into the outside world that's horrific or the treatment of the prisoners inside the cave? To be more comfortable in the dungeon, I feel, is to be more comfortable with ignorance, sensational things, and things that you don't understand. Maybe those prisoners of the cave have become so trapped in their ignorance to ever want something different; however, the one who got to leave knows of a greater experience. He's overwhelmed but feels a need to share it with the others. But it's hard -- it's hard to inform when the pupils are so very used to the ways of the status quo. What are your thoughts, Savanna?
Mr. Herr, what I'm saying is that the treatment of the prisoners inside of the cave if horrific. But stepping into the outside can be scary also. I agree with you that the man who has stepped outside has the greater experience but cant explain what has happend to his buddies. I dont agree that to be comfortable with the dungeon, you are comfortable with ignorance. I think you would be more comfortable with that paticular style of living. :) :) :)
I think that the video means that even if you don't know about it it is still real and it is still going to happen so you should should have awareness about the things around you
I think that the prisoner's treatment is very cruel. No one should be treated that way. You cannot chain someone to a wall and make them face the wall for the rest of their lives. That is just inhumane. If the prisoner is released into the world, he will not survive because they have not been taught any other way to live or survive. He does not have the knowledge to make it on his own. The prisoner would be lost and scared. Although I think the prisoner’s treatment is cruel, they themselves do not know what is cruel and what isn't because this has been their way of life for their entire lives. I also think it’s sad that the prisoner's friends cannot even understand him. They think he is just one of the echoes that they hear in throughout the day.
So Sara, if the released prisoner will not have the experience to survive in the world, should he then just be content with life in the cave? You also write about the cruelty of life in the cave. What should be done here? Do you keep them in the cruel environment of the cave or allow them freedom in a world that they have no experience with -- which in turn might be equally as cruel?
The cave is our lives .Fire is cuorsity .The shadows are a mystery. And I can't help but see this tied up to religion allow me to me to explain ...the caves is the world ,our lives ,we are tied up chains .Which is our life span , our breath , it's what ties us to the cave or life. The village is the afterlife ( heaven) . And the fire is belifes , it's a glimpse of what the afterlife ,its different religions. And eventually a prisoner is released with death .To the afterlife which is great . But now he can't tell them of its greatness . He is now only part of the mystery itself . You might think the prisoners are misrebell but how how could they if they don't know any more . And again just because they have not been to the afterlife doesn't make it any less real...
I''m not sure what this allegory is suppost to represent, but I am sure it must had been hard for all three prisoners. First for the prisoner who was released, he probably had no way to survive since he had never actually been in the real world. Then for his friends, all they knew are the shadows so to have somebody who you dont even reconize trying to talk to you and all you see is a shadow must be very hard.
If this allegory is what Abeer says it is then I guess it makes alot of since and that all this can be very hard, but if they haden't ever seen the outside world why are they in prison? If they were always in the cave then that means they never committed a crime.
I think it depends on what they did, if they should be chained or not. On the other hand its still harsh to chain from the out side world.
I actually don't understand what the allegory stands for, but what I want to know is ..... 1. Why they were in prison in the first place? 2.Have they ever seen the outside world? and 3. Why did only 1 prisoner leave? Actually now I think I might know what the allegory stand's for, I agree with Abeer. The two things I know for sure is it would suck to know your friend left and you stayed and also that you could only see shadows and not know one thing about the world. [*clap* *clap* "Thank you, Thank you'' ''YOUR WELCOME''] Copyright2012 This was made possible by Your's Truly, Josh Miller!
I feel that it would be harsh to not even know what would be on the outside world. It should be fair that atleast they could see some pictures or something, but i would have to say that I agree with Matthew because they did commit a crime so they deserve the punishment. Though the cave is a little bit harsh maybe if the crime wasn't so bad they could face the bridge, but if the crime was major they might as well stare at the wall.
Walls are fun to stare at and all, but i feel that this punishment is a little too harsh. If I were to make the choice of where the prisoners would stay I think i would let them stay outside because i feel from the heat they would die faster so they won't have to make the cave as dirty, because we all know that you have to do your business and I don't think the free people walking through the cave should have to endure that. So if the prisoners are outside less of their nastiness would be on the ground because they would die faster from the heat.
Maybe this allegory is about people who try something new and people who are to afraid to try something new.
Life must be very hard and devastating for them. Its surprising how happy a prisoner that's been kept in a cave for years would be so happy just to see the outside world. How sad.
In my honest opinion about this story on "The Cave" is that if I myself were in a situation such as that I wouldn't know what to do if I was released from jail. I would most likely not know how to some of the simplest things to do in life such as walking. I would also be very sensitive to all my surroundings, but I would try my best to adapt to my new life and enviroment.
Well about the shadows I would be afraid if I did not know they where coming from. And what kind of person would walk past 3 men cave chained in a cave for all they could here for all they could remember. P.S. it doesn't really matter if you know what pain feels it still hurts and how do they eat no one can live that to that age with out eating. Who feeds them?
Knowing that they have known that way of life forever, I think it is safe to say that they do not know how bad they have it. For them it could be a regular old day, getting to see the untold stories, and paint a picture in their head about what the shadows are doing. Once one is released, he should realize that they are in very bad shape. He should then go back and RELEASE THEM FOR PETE SAKE!!!!! I sure would save the rest of my "friends". Then they should look back at their thought to be "good" life and truly see what it really was.
I can't imagin what it was like living in that cave. All I know is that I wouldn't want to live in a cave all my life because I woudn't get to see my friends, or go shopping, or cheer. I wouldn't get to see the world or if i got out I wouldn't know how to act.
I love you gurl, but you spelled a word wrong, ... you forgot the E in imagine. I agree with you though.
In my opinion, I believe that the treatment that the men are having is very cruel. Who who want to be tied up to two chains, and see nothing but the wall and shadows passing by? When the man was let free, he should have realized that they were having a cruel and horrible life, and should have let the other men free. If the three men were to be chained, at least be chained toward something that is good to look at, perhaps, a TV or something similar.
MY BAD.... LOL
I agree with Kevin it is unfair to be chained up and forced to be in a cave. Even today prisoners in jail get some type of entertainment. When you live you life like that you forget everything you used to know, and how does life have a point then?
I could not imagine living in a cave. All you see is shadow on the wall, no fresh air, no fresh wate,r or food. I would fine a way to kill myself. All you hear is mumbling and footsteps, outside the cave, that would drive me crazy! Not seeing your family ever again of friends.
To live in caves. Tied in chains and to never see your reflection or sunlight. Is really abominable for them. I would not be able to live in a cave like that with no fresh air. I don't think no one should ever be treated like this.And it would be really scarey because you don't know what is passing behind you.
I agree with you Kayla, being chained up to a wall behind a bridge is no way to punish a person for commiting a crime, I know I would definetly be really scared.
I think it is very unfair that a person would have to live in a cave all their lives because say if don't know what money is and you steal something. And say if you do something else against the law it would be unfair to you. And living in a cave would be horrible no real food, water, or cloths. And it just plain crule.
To be living in a cave, chained up to a wall is no fun at all. I don't think it's fair that those prisoners have to live that way with no water, no food, no fresh air, and unable to see yourself or others. No matter what a person has done, nobody is perfect and everybody is going to make mistakes, but is chaining someone to a wall,in a cave, behind a bridge really a way to punish them for doing something wrong.? I don't think it is, and I know that I wouldn't be able to live in that kind of environment , I would be really scared. :(
I think that none of the people should haft to live in the cave all of their lives. If you made them do that that would be very wrong.
I could not even IMAGINE being in a dark cave and staring at a cave wall, not knowing if i would ever be able to see the light of day again. I would have all types of fear and paranoia. I would be afraid that anyone or anything could come up behind me and kill or hurt me severely, and of course noone to help me. Even as the narrator said, the prisoner had to get used to the bright light of the sun because he had been in darkness for so long. That would be the most difficult part for me, is the getting used to the sun and me smelling and having dirty clothes. I can't dven properly put myself in that situation.
If I was the prisoner and they told me I was free. I would tell them, '' it's ok i'd rather stay with my friends.'' if I had no choice and had to leave i'd find some way to get my friends set free.
This is a very confusing blog. My thoughts on the video however is that its horrible to treat human beings like that. They obviously have never seen the world and do not know whats out there. Its seems like it would be very aggravating to see those shadows and sounds, but not have a clue what they are. It seems as if there better of in the caves, because they are old and there's no need for them to suddenly be blasted with all this new information.
I couldn't imagine how horrible it would have been to see all the different shadows but to never know what they were. When the one guy was set free I would think it would be amazing but I would still be aggrivated to never know what the shadows were exactly because if you were locked in the cave and you only saw shadows everyday how would you know for sure what the shadows really were if you have never seen them in your entire life. I also think it would be horrible to see your friend go and come back to tell you everything he saw and never actually knowing what he was talking about or understanding or ever seeing him again because he is now just another shadow on the cave wall. In general it would be HORRIBLE to never know what the shadows on the wall you saw were.
I think that the hidden meaning has to do with the way we perceive and believe in what is reality.The shadows represents the reflections of truth and reality.The prisoners represent people in general and once the prisoner is released,he is forced to look upon the fire and objects that once dictated his perception of reality, and he then realizes these new images in front of him are now the accepted forms of reality.
I agree with most people's comments, saying that it must be horrible living in a cave all your life knowing nothing but shadows, muffled noises and chains. About the allegory, I think that it is about how some people can be close- minded, and they refuse to hear or see anything other than what they know. They stick close to their views and never accept any other opinions. A close-minded person might come out of their shell and listen to other opinions. The new and different opinions might scare them (like the new world the prisoner was thrown into). They might want to go back to their ignorant state of mind. But as they learn and grow, they realize that other people's opinons aren't that bad. They go back to tell their close-minded friends about how great it is, but their friends are still bound by their own chains of close -mindedness.
Very thoughtful, Libby. I like how you compared the situation in the cave to the idea of knowing from the opinions of others. Interesting!
I think it would be horrible to live in a cave chained to wall. You wouldn't be able to to exercise or feel the breeze or be athletic. If I was trapped and released, I would run back and break my friends out immediately because it would be terrible to be living in those conditions.
I think it will be horrible to be chain and to see nothing but the cave wall. Also sense the release prisoners friends didn't understand him, or know him it's because sense they didn't while he was talking he was just another unknown. when he was talking they heard words they never heard before so they could't understand him.
I think that the life of the prisoners is terrible. I would hate being trapped inside a cave then watching my friends leave without me. The people who chained the prisoners to the cave, must be mean evil people and they should be chained to a wall all their life's. That would teach them a lesson. Well the video looked cool in claymation. It was sad when they dragged him out of the cave though. ∞
I think that if I was one of the prisoners I would freak out and have my friends kill me. I would probably freak out everytime I saw a shadow because I wouldn't know what it was. If I did get to go outside then I'd freak out more because I wouldn't know what everything was. Also I think that its terrible that someone would chain someone in a room for any reason.
When I watched the video I thought why would they just be able to look at the shadows on the wall. Then I remebered that this was an allegory, so it must have a hidden meaning. To me this video is about what you believe. The prisoners only could do one thing because they never tried to do another. The one prisoner that was let free was someone who decided to try to think outside the box and believe something else. If you only did one thing and didn't try to do another you will think it's weird and you will never understand it. The other to prisoners were like the people who were scared to believe or to do another thing because they were to scared. Take Christopher Colombus for example. People did not want to keep sailing on the ship to go to India because the people didn't believe in Christopher's theory that the Earth was round. The people thought they were goimg to fall off the surface of the Earth because they thought Earth was flat. The prisoners who were chained were the people who didn't want to do or believe any thing else they heard outside their own community. The prisoner who was released represented that one person who was trying to get everyone else to do something different because that person knew he/she was right. However, not a lot of people believed him/her so they went back to their terrible ways of living. I think I proved my point.
I think that life as a prisoner would be horrible to someone that had never experienced that the prisoners do. However to the prisoners, it's just life. Since the prisoners have never experienced the real world, to them the cave is the real world. If I was a prisoner I think that I would enjoy the shadows, but I would also greatly fear them because I wouldn't know what they were. At first, I thought that the prisoners must have done something horribly offal to be chained up for their whole lives, but then I thought mabey they didn't do anything and were being punished for their parents crimes. This video really got me thinking.
I think the life of a prisoner was in-human. At first I thouhgt it was not that bad but then it said the prisoners have lived there their entire life. It was wrong that the prisoners were chained, and could only sit there and look at the shadows. I think the shadows would creep me out because of not knowing what the shawdos are. It's would also be hard no to turn around and be able to look. I think it's wrong that when another prisoner is free for the first time, and they come back to tell you how the outside world was. You wouldn't be able to understand and know who they are. I think the allegory in this story is what you see in a image if a sitution.
I would first off like to say this is completely my interpretation of the allegory. I believe this allegory was all about the media and popular culture. The shadows on the wall represented what popular culture and media tell us about news in the world and how distorted what they tell us realy is. Now when i say this I dont want you to think i'm some sort of conspirator, what i'm saying is the ideas and judgements put upon us without us thinking it through from popular culture, media and everything you encounter in your daily life. When the prisoner got free of the cave it was saying that if you we're to get past the distorted-ness of the media and propaganda and to see the world with your own eyes and making your own judgements. What it was saying when the prisoners couldn't hear there old friend trying to set them free was that people of today at so engulfed in what they here and see they can't form there own ideas of the world.
P.s I forgot to Include this part but I believe the whole allegory in itself is all about not having independent thoughts.
I think living in a cave your entire life is hard. To be able to hear echos and see shadows and not know what they are. However we say it is terrible because we live outside the cave. If they have never experienced a world outside a cave, how do they know they are living in a terrible place? I understand that they are chained and they see and hear things and don't know what it is, but how do they know if the world outside it a better or worse place unless they go out to see for themselves like the prisoner that was released did?
The life of being a prisoner if rough ,but expeirence the outside world. All of you prison buddies cant understand you thats tough
I believe that the prisoner that was let go should have the oppurtunity to be able to enjoy the outside world as well as the cave. The prisoner is used to the cave so he has adapted to that type of enviroment, but as the clip showed he got scared when he went outside the cave. With the oppurtunity to explore two worlds he would have a better life, even if he wasn't used to it right away. This relates to a real life scenario, which has to do with a person moving to an unknown place to them. At first it might be a little scary but you will soon get used to it. People learn to adapt to things quickly even it means making a large change in your life. So I believe that it was right for the man to leave the cave but I think that if he had stayed a little longer and tried to adapt he would have had a better life. If I were him I would take the risk of living in a different enviroment, even if it means risking my own life. At least I will die knowing that I tried something new.
I think that since the prisoners onley can see shadows the prisoner that was let go so make like shapes and figuers to explain what he see's in the outside world
I think that the prisoner that was released should have never been released because he did not grow up in the normal society. Releasing him was more an abuse than a act of kindness because he may not survive the real world it will be harsh for him.
As your English teacher, I support both communication and collaboration. Furthermore, since opinions are a most valued freedom, let's express them thoughtfully and respectfully.