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 throughout the novella as he attempts to understand why adults behave the way they do. It is through these simple observations that Antoine de Saint Exupery exposes the ridiculous tendencies of adults to get caught up in matters of little or no consequence. The Little Prince teaches lessons on how to live life to the fullest, but more importantly he teaches people how to love. The Little Prince has all the necessary components of a great story. It is easy to read, it is funny, it leaves a lasting impression on the reader and it encourages people to lead better, more fulfilling lives. The innocence and honesty that the Little Prince exudes is straight-forward and full of integrity. When the Little Prince visits the various planets on his journey to Earth he encounters several different characters, all of whom have some form of lesson to teach the Little Prince. The Little Prince is able to determine, through the eyes of a child, the ludicrous nature of adult behavior. There is a vain King who wants nothing more than to be praised, a trait that the Little Prince finds odd and so he decides to move on to the next planet. He meets a Geographer who refuses to explore. The man is so consumed with title, that he will not...
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