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Plato and the Little Prince

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

Plato's Allegory of the ***** in Book Seven of ***** Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness ***** a cavern. Individuals ***** the darkness of the ***** of ***** lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence ***** neckties and golf as ***** de Saint 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, ********** in vain. Occ*****ionally, the humans at the fire c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of reality upon the walls of ***** cave in the ***** ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see *****, ***** really only dimly filtered versions of ***** true nature ***** the forms, or the most pure aspect of every lived substance—for every object in the *****, there is a more perfect version of it ***** the world of the *****.

The 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 this book for dedicating it to a grown-up," for the m*****n the book is dedicated to is not ***** full of understanding, like the Platonic philosopher in a world of false shadows, but hungry and cold ***** a physical sense ***** also a spir*****u*****l sense ***** enlightenment. Thus the author De Saint ***** dedicates ***** ***** to "the child from whom ***** grown-up grew," the ***** form of ***** adult whom is now *****n by all in the world as a shadow upon the *****, for "all grown-ups were once *****ren—although few of them remember it," the author notes, ***** "forgetting" of an adulthood of childhood being a reference to the Platonic false consciousness of what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely ***** shadowy ***** of the *****s. Childhood is purity ********** truth, adulthood is falseness.

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

Both Plato and Exuprey suggest, in the


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