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Plato and the Little Prince

Plato's 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 d*****rkness, the darkness ***** a cavern. Individuals ***** ***** darkness of the ***** of the lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence of neckties and golf as ***** 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 ***** of the enlightenment the philosophers of humanity, are seeking, often in vain. Occasionally, the humans at ***** fire c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of reality upon the walls of the 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 lived substance—for every object in the *****, there is a more perfect version ***** it in the world of ***** forms.

***** Little Prince, in the children's book of the same name, may be said to reflect such an allegory, even ***** its dedication when the author asks "the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up," for the m***** the book is dedic*****ted to is not ***** full of underst*****ing, like the Platonic philosopher in a world ***** false shadows, but hungry and cold ***** a physical sense and also a spiritual sense for enlighten*****ent. Thus the ***** De Saint Exuprey dedicates the ***** to "the child from whom ***** grown-up grew," the ***** form of the adult whom is now seen by all in the ***** as a shadow upon the cave, for "all grown-ups were once *****—***** few of them remember it," the author notes, ***** "forgett*****g" of an adulthood of *****hood being a reference ***** the Platonic ***** consciousness of what we perceive as reality, but is merely ***** shadowy world of the *****. Childhood is purity ********** truth, adulthood ***** falseness.

***** notion ***** a Platonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is ***** ***** literally rendered ***** the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g an elephant that, in the false perception of adults, ***** appears to be a hat rather than the frightening, ***** form that it is in the ***** world of reality and the child's mind, as opposed to ***** cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes ***** ********** never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in The Republic itself, the idealization of childhood in The ***** Prince has a Platonic parallel in the ***** that the novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a wisdom ***** the part of the individual who is farthest away from the older reality of lived existence.

***** Plato and Exuprey suggest, in *****


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