It can be questioned why the mother does not think this activity to be unusual but the answer is seen in Kleist’s comprehensive view of the truth. From a negative perspective, the mother only wants what is best for her family, and what is best in this instance is for all of them to be together. To maintain what she has worked for she must ignore the truth that is in front of her. In a positive view, the mother does not truly know what is going on. It can be suggested that this is a different time period than that of the reader and the mother does not read anything into these actions. Kleist presents different views of the truth not just in this passage, but throughout the entire story. This method of showing different versions of the truth shows how complex it is, thus presenting the truth in its entirety.
In conclusion, the Kleist and Plato have very conflicting beliefs regarding the quest for truth and the simplicity in understanding it. In “The Allegory of the Cave” Plato only presents the positive attributes of truth and in doing so takes away the complexity of the idea. In The Marquise of O- Kleist let’s the reader decide which truth to believe which shows that the truth is hard to understand. Kleist gives the idea more depth which accurately characterizes the idea of