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Plato and the Little Prince

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

***** Allegory of the Cave in Book Seven ***** ***** Republic portrays a world in d*****rkness, the darkness of a cavern. Individuals in the darkness of the ***** of the lived texture ***** reality, of a daily existence of neckties and golf as Antoine 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 ***** ***** the enlightenment the philosophers of *****ity, are seeking, *****ten in vain. Occasionally, ***** humans at the fire c*****ch glimpses of a higher form of reality upon the walls of the cave in the form of shadows. The shadows, which represent how most human beings see reality, are really only dimly filtered versions of the true nature ***** the forms, or the most pure aspect of every lived substance—for every object in ***** *****, there is a more perfect version of it in the world of the forms.

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

This notion of a Pl*****tonic misinterpretation of ***** truths in the world is even more literally rendered when the child of Chapter 1 draws a boa constrictor swallowing 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 the lived ***** ***** reality and ***** child's mind, ***** opposed to the cave-***** understanding of grown adults. The child narrating the work sagely observes that *****ups never understand. Although Plato does not idealize the childlike state in The Republic *****elf, ***** idealization of childhood in The Little Prince has a *****nic parallel in the ***** that the novel chronicles a fall 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 ***** ***** lived ex*****tence.

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

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