The Little Prince Character Symbolism Essay

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Period 3 Tommy Cheong Allen / LA June 5, 2009 The Little Prince Everyone once in a while, we come across a book so striking that we never forget about it - the book that is so rich in detail…the book that seems to captivate you… the one fullof life lessons and wisdom. Well, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince strives to be just that. you become responsible for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose” (87, 88). The lessons the fox taught are secrets, because such wisdom isn’t known or available to everybody. The lessons are ones that must be earned, and it becomes a privilege to know this truth. Saint-Exupéry talks about his drawings when he was a little boy. His Drawing Number One is a picture of an elephant in a snake, yet adults are unable to realize that. He uses this example to show that adults “always need to have things explained” (4). This shows how narrow-minded adults can be. In chapter seven, the little prince says, “If someone loves a flower of which just one single blossom grows in all the million and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars…[and] that is not important?” (30). This is said as a response to the pilot’s words that the rose is not a serious matter. This shows the prince thinks that grown-ups have limited priorities. It’s silly to the prince that adults worry over routine, material matters when there are other things that are more important, such as questions about relationships and the universe. After the prince has left, the narrator looks at the sky and asks himself if the sheep has eaten the flower. H realizes that the answer changes his entire view of the world. The prince’s innocent and child-like perspective is more important or greater than the

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