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...hopes to be informed of the essence of how the people live. Similar to “The Allegory of the Cave” the truth is better expressed through experience because at time language is unable to persuade people’s beliefs of subjects. In both texts the prisoners and Grendel are chained under a room masked from reality that keeps them away from finding enlightenment. In Grendel the fire snakes are his “protector” that keeps Grendel away from the corrupt and evil ways of the humans. Similarly, the prisoners in “The Allegory of the Cave” are restrained from the path that leads them into the light that possesses absoluteness. Both texts are interconnected from similar attempts to use ideas about enlightenment to guide the characters to discover certainty in their world. With all the lies and faulty stories they are shrouded under, they are motivated to find philosophical meaning.
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