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Plato and the Little Prince

***** Allegory of the Cave and The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint Exuprey

Plato's Allegory of the ***** in Book Seven of ***** Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals ***** ***** darkness ***** the cavern of ***** lived texture of reality, ***** a daily existence of neckties and golf as Antoine de ***** Exuprey might say, sit around a burning fire. This image represents human beings the world. The fire the human ***** gaze at is the ***** of the enlightenment ***** philosophers of humanity, are seeking, *****ten in vain. Occasionally, the humans at the fire catch glimpses of a higher form of reality upon the walls of ***** cave in the form ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see *****, ***** really only dimly filtered versions of ***** true nature of the forms, or the most pure aspect of every ***** substance—for every object in ***** world, there is a more perfect version of it ***** the world of the forms.

***** Little *****, in the children's book of the same name, may be said to reflect such an allegory, even in its dedication when the author asks "the indulgence ***** the children who ***** read th***** book for dedicating it to a grown-up," for *****e m***** the book is dedicated to is not ***** full of underst*****ing, like the Platonic philosopher in a world ***** false shadows, but hungry and cold ***** a physical sense ***** also a spir*****ual sense ***** enlightenment. Thus the ***** De Saint ***** dedicates the book to "the child from whom th***** grown-up grew," the ***** form of ***** adult whom is now *****n by all in the ***** as a sh*****dow upon the *****, for "all grown-ups were once *****—***** few of them remember it," the author notes, ***** "forgetting" of an adulthood of *****hood being a reference to the Platonic ***** consciousness of what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely the shadowy world of the *****. Childhood is purity *****d truth, adulthood is falseness.

This notion ***** a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is even ***** liter*****y rendered ***** the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g an elephant that, in the false perception of adults, merely appears to be a hat rather than the frightening, ***** form that it is in ***** lived world of reality and the child's mind, ***** opposed ***** ***** cave-like understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes ***** ********** never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in The Republic *****elf, the idealization of childhood in ***** Little Prince has a *****nic p*****rallel in the sense that ***** novel chronicles a fall from grace on the part of its adults and a w*****dom on the ***** of ***** individual who is farthest away from the older ***** ***** lived existence.

***** Plato ***** Exuprey suggest, in the

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