The author wanted to show us the problems of modern ages. He talks about the lack of love and finding of it as well as the loneliness of people. We can see the story as an allegory that leads us to the moral of the story.
The essential is invisible to the eye. Plot[ edit ] The narrator begins with a discussion on the nature of grown-ups and their inability to perceive, especially important things. As a test to determine if a grown-up is enlightened and like a child, he shows them a picture he drew at age 6 of a snake which has eaten an elephant.
The grown-ups always reply that the picture is of a hat, and so he knows to talk of "reasonable" things to them, rather than fanciful. The narrator becomes a pilot, and, one day, his plane crashes in the Saharafar from civilization.
In the middle of the desert, the narrator is unexpectedly greeted by a young boy whom he refers to as "the little prince". The prince has golden hair, a lovable laugh, and will repeat questions until they are answered. Upon encountering the narrator, the little prince asks him to draw a sheep.
After three failed attempts at drawing a sheep, the frustrated narrator simply draws a box, claiming that the sheep the prince wants is inside the box. Over the course of eight days stranded in the desert, while the narrator attempts to repair his plane, the little prince recounts the story of his life.
The prince begins by describing life on his tiny home planet: If the baobabs are not rooted out the moment they are recognized, it may be put off until it is too late and the tree has grown too large to remove, its roots having a catastrophic effect on the tiny planet.
The prince wants a sheep to eat the undesirable plants, but worries it will also eat plants with thorns. The rose is given to pretension, exaggerating ailments to gain attention and have the prince care for her.
The prince says he nourished the rose and attended her, making a screen or glass globe to protect her from the cold wind, watering her, and keeping off the caterpillars. Although the prince fell in love with the rose, he also began to feel that she was taking advantage of him and he resolved to leave the planet to explore the rest of the universe.
She wishes him well and turns down his desire to leave her in the glass globe, saying she will protect herself.
The prince laments that he did not understand how to love his rose while he was with her and should have listened to her kind actions, rather than her vain words. The prince has since visited six other planets, each of which was inhabited by a single, irrational, narrow-minded adult, each meant to critique an element of society.
A king with no subjects, who only issues orders that can be followed, such as commanding the sun to set at sunset. A narcissistic man who only wants the praise which comes from admiration and being the most-admirable person on his otherwise uninhabited planet.
A drunkard who drinks to forget the shame of drinking.
A businessman who is blind to the beauty of the stars and instead endlessly counts and catalogs them in order to "own" them all critiquing materialism A lamplighter on a planet so small, a full day lasts a minute. An elderly geographer who has never been anywhere, or seen any of the things he records, providing a caricature of specialization in the contemporary world.
It is the geographer who tells the prince that his rose is an " ephemeral " thing, which are not recorded, and recommends that the prince next visit the planet Earth. The visit to Earth begins with a deeply pessimistic appraisal of humanity.
The six absurd people the prince encountered earlier comprise, according to the narrator, just about the entire adult world. On earth there were " kings. He then met a yellow snake that claimed to have the power to return him to his home, if he ever wished to return. The prince next met a desert flower, who told him that she had only seen a handful of men in this part of the world and that they had no roots, letting the wind blow them around and living hard lives.
After climbing the highest mountain he had ever seen, the prince hoped to see the whole of Earth, thus finding the people; however, he saw only the enormous, desolate landscape.
When the prince called out, his echo answered him, which he interpreted as the voice of a boring person who only repeats what another says. The prince encountered a whole row of rosebushes, becoming downcast at having once thought that his own rose was unique and that she had lied. He began to feel that he was not a great prince at all, as his planet contained only three tiny volcanoes and a flower that he now thought of as common.
He lay down on the grass and wept, until a fox came along.
The fox desired to be tamed and teaches the prince how to tame him. By being tamed, something goes from being ordinary and just like all the others, to being special and unique. There are drawbacks, since the connection can lead to sadness and longing when apart.
Upon their sad departing, the fox imparts a secret: The prince finally meets two people from Earth: A railway switchman who told him how passengers constantly rushed from one place to another aboard trains, never satisfied with where they were and not knowing what they were after; only the children among them ever bothered to look out the windows.
A merchant who talked to the prince about his product, a pill that eliminated the need to drink for a week, saving people 53 minutes.The narrator obliges, and the two become friends.
The pilot learns that the little prince comes from a small planet that the little prince calls Asteroid but that people on Earth call Asteroid B The little prince took great care of this planet, preventing any bad seeds from growing and making sure it was never overrun by baobab trees.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry skillfully combined the features of three different literature genres, so The Little Prince is considered to be a mix of parable, allegory, and fable.
As a parable, it holds significant moral value to the readers, fulfilling a didactic function. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has books on Goodreads with ratings.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most popular book is The Little Prince. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Biography. Antoine de Saint-Exupery was born in Lyon, 29th June He was a French writer and a pilot known as Saint-ex. He got famous because of “The little prince” published in Antoine finished a pilot course and went to a pilot school and during the ’s he worked as a pilot in north Africa while in the 30’s he .
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Parents need to know that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, first published in , is a classic fable about a stranded pilot's encounter with a young prince who travels from planet to planet in search of knowledge. This gentle book looks like it's a book for children, but it's generally better appreciated and enjoyed by an older audience.