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Plato and the Little Prince

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

Plato's Allegory of the Cave in Book Seven ***** ***** Republic portrays a world in d*****rkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals ***** ***** darkness ***** the ***** of the lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence ***** neckties and golf as ***** de ***** Exuprey might say, sit around a burning fire. This image represents human beings the world. The fire the human ***** gaze at is the fire of the enlightenment the philosophers of humanity, are seeking, *****ten in vain. Occasionally, ***** humans at the ***** c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of re*****lity upon the walls of the cave in the form of shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, ***** really only dimly filtered versions ***** ***** 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 of it in the world of ***** forms.

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

***** notion ***** a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of physical truths in the world is ***** more liter*****y 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, ***** ***** that it is in the ***** world ***** reality and the child's mind, ***** opposed ***** the cave-like understanding of grown adults. The child narrating ***** work sagely observes ***** grownups never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in ***** ***** *****elf, the idealization of childhood in The Little Prince has a *****nic p*****rallel in the ***** that the novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a w*****dom on the part of ***** individual who is farthest away ***** the older ***** of lived existence.

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


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