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The title character of The Little Prince is
a pure and innocent traveler from outer space whom the narrator
encounters in the Sahara desert. Before the little prince lands
on Earth, Saint-Exupéry contrasts the prince’s childlike character
with different adult characters by having the prince hop from one
neighboring planet to another. On each planet, the prince meets
a different type of adult and reveals that character’s frivolities
and weaknesses. Once on Earth, however, the little prince becomes
a student as well as a teacher. From his friend the fox, the little
prince learns what love entails, and in turn he passes on those
lessons to the narrator.
The little prince has few of the glaring flaws evident
in the other characters, and he is immediately shown to be a character
of high caliber by his ability to recognize the narrator’s Drawing
Number One as a picture of a boa constrictor that has eaten a snake.
Nevertheless, the prince’s fear as he prepares to be sent back to
his planet by a snakebite shows that he is susceptible to the same
emotions as the rest of us. Most notably, the prince is bound by
his love for the rose he has left on his home planet. His constant
questioning also indicates that one’s search for answers can be
more important than the answers themselves.
Ace your assignments with our guide to The Little Prince!