Does the prisoner in the cave in Plato's allegory in The Republic have free will?
closed as unclear what you're asking by Keelan, iphigenie, Joseph Weissman♦ Dec 31 '14 at 15:40
Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.
The prisoners in the cave are just ordinary human beings; whether or not they have free will is another question in philosophy. The point behind the "allegory of the cave" is the prisoners believe the projection screen in front of them is real, in much the same way a motion picture appears real. One day a prisoner escapes and discovers the world is much larger and more unusual that he had thought. He returns to the cave to share this knowledge with the other prisoners. They just laugh at him and think he has gone mad.