I thoroughly enjoyed this reading. In the beginning, Socrates is talking to Glaucon about visuals. He asks about what a prisoner, who can only face a wall and stare at it, would think of the shadows of people behind them. Socrates is trying to demonstrate that our environment has a massive effect on our learning abilities. However, humans are adaptive, and Socrates says that with slow exposure, humans can start to push the limits on things their environment holds them to. The body can adapt to its environment to change how it functions within it. However, without this exposure and without the willingness to strive through the obstacles to obtain knowledge, people will remain to live in the bliss of their ignorance, bound to what their bodies know best. If this is threatened, they will become hostile- a natural defense of the body. This reminded me of a majority of dystopian novels: 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, Slaughterhouse-Five, etc. Through these books, we believe this type of dystopian society is fiction. However, Plato’s piece argues that human nature can govern over others who challenge it, not just an oppressive government. Humans can stifle one another’s own fight to gain knowledge and push the boundaries of societal “norms”.