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Plato and the Little Prince

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

***** Allegory of the Cave in Book Seven of The Republic portrays a world in darkness, the darkness ***** a cavern. Individuals in the darkness of the ***** of ***** lived texture of reality, ***** a daily existence of neckties and golf as ***** de ***** Exuprey might say, sit around a burn*****g 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, *****ten in vain. Occ*****ionally, the humans at ***** fire catch glimpses of a higher form of re*****lity upon the walls of the cave in the form ***** shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, are really only dimly filtered versions of the true nature of the forms, or the most pure aspect ***** every ***** substance—for every object in ***** world, there is a more perfect version of it ***** the ***** of ***** *****.

The Little Prince, 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***** the book is dedicated to is not only full of underst*****ing, like the Platonic philosopher in a world ***** false shadows, but hungry and cold in a physical sense and also a spir*****u*****l sense ***** enlightenment. Thus the author De Sa*****t Exuprey dedicates ***** book to "the child from whom ***** grown-up grew," the Pla*****nic form of ***** adult ***** ***** now seen by all in the ***** as a shadow upon the *****, for "all grown-ups were once *****—***** few of them remember it," the author notes, the "forgetting" ***** an adulthood of *****hood being a reference to the Platonic false consciousness ***** what we perceive as reality, ***** is merely the shadowy world of the forms. Childhood is purity *****d truth, adulthood ***** **********.

This notion of a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of physical truths in the world is even ***** literally rendered when the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallow*****g an 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 ***** lived ***** ***** reality and the child's mind, ***** opposed ***** the cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating ***** work sagely observes ***** ********** never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in ***** ***** **********, the idealization of childhood in The ***** Prince has a Platonic parallel in the sense that the novel chronicles a f*****ll from grace on the part of its adults and a wisdom ***** the ***** of the individual who is farthest away ***** the older ***** of lived ex*****tence.

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

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