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Hamlet, Plato, and the Allegory of the Cave Hamlet and Rosencratz discuss who or what makes the "shadows" they perceive.  What does Plato have to say about shadows in his "Allegory of the Cave"?  Do any of the characters fare any better than Plato's shades? 

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Plato says that to those who know only the shadows and have not seen the items that really cause the shadows in their true form, the shadows ARE reality.  This is an interesting question as I have read this play a dozen times or more and have never made the connection of the shadows...

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