The Little Prince

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery is a children’s novella written as much for adults as it is for children. The simplistic nature of the book can easily be misconstrued as a typical children’s story, however, the themes and morals of this story are designed to help adults live more fulfilling lives. The author dedicated the novella to his friend Leon Werth and simultaneously apologized to kids for making the dedication to an adult. The entire novella is a critique of adult tendencies and a celebration of the innocence and inquisitive nature of children. Exupery uses proverbs and metaphors to help simplify life lessons. The naïve and curious Little Prince asks the adult narrator a barrage of questions
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It is a tribute to the Little Prince that he is unafraid of a potentially lethal venomous snake. While some may argue that it is the Little Prince’s naivety that allows him to form a relationship with the snake, I make the argument that the Little Prince is not afraid of the snake because he is not afraid of death. He knows that he can be reunited with his beloved flower if he permits the snake to take his life here on Earth. The Little Prince teaches us the meaning of true love when he bravely submits to this fate. He tells the narrator not to be sad for him, and to disregard his lifeless body. The Little Prince goes on to leave a gift for the narrator, his laughter. Every time that the narrator glances up at the stars, he will be able to hear the Little Prince laugh. This kind gesture is yet another example of the Little Prince’s generosity and the positive impact that he has on those he bestows his friendship upon.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exepury is a children’s story that is written for adults. While kids will appreciate the fun drawings and the easy to follow plot, adults are able to enjoy those aspects but also able to draw the connotative meaning from the novella. Life is far too short to allow ourselves to be consumed by pointless matters such as trying to count how many stars there are so that we can claim ownership of them. We need to return to a child-like state of mind where our noses are pressed

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