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Plato and the Little Prince

Plato's Allegory of the Cave and The ***** Prince ***** Antoine de Saint Exuprey

***** Allegory of the ***** in Book Seven ***** ***** Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals in the darkness of the ***** of the lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence ***** 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 beings gaze at is the fire of the enlightenment ***** philosophers of humanity, are seeking, ********** in vain. Occ*****ionally, the humans at the fire c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of re*****lity upon the walls of ***** cave in the ***** ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, are really only dimly filtered versions of ***** true nature of the forms, or the most pure aspect of every lived substance—for every object in ***** *****, there is a more perfect version of it ***** the world of the *****.

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

This notion of a Platonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is ***** ***** liter*****y rendered when the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g ***** elephant that, in the false perception of adults, merely appears to be a h*****t rather than the frighten*****g, true form that it is in ***** ***** ***** of reality and the *****'s mind, ***** opposed ***** ***** cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes ***** ********** never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in ***** ***** itself, ***** idealization of childhood in The Little Prince has a Pl*****tonic parallel in the ***** that the novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a w*****dom on the ***** of ***** individual who is farthest away from the older ***** of lived ex*****tence.

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


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