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Plato and the Little Prince

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

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

This notion ***** a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is even more literally rendered when the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g ***** elephant that, in the false perception of adults, ***** appears to be a h*****t rather than the frightening, true form that it is in ***** lived world ***** reality and the child's mind, as opposed to the *****-like understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes ***** ********** never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in ***** Republic *****elf, the 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 ***** the part of the individual who is farthest away ***** the older reality of lived existence.

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


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