THE LITTLE PRINCE
In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter. But as time ages us, as soon as we flowered and became grown-ups the child inside us all fades that we forget that once, we were a child. The story begins about drawings of closed and open boa constrictors. Later, the author relates a story about the Turkish astronomer who discovers the little prince’s home, Asteroid B-612. When he presents his findings to the International Congress of Astronomy, dressed in his comical Turkish outfit, he is not believed. Man has not learned to look beneath the exterior, or rather, he has forgotten how. Because adults never look within, they will never know themselves or others. A fox is one cunning animal. And in the story, it is proven to be right. From the fox’s lesson that one can see only what is essential by looking with the heart, the author leaves the desert as a changed person. He agrees with the little prince’s thought: “the stars are beautiful, because of a flower that cannot be seen”.
The rose is very fragile and needs constant care. Love is not a matter of choice; it is a matter of consequence; indeed, it is a matter of survival. Men must learn to love one another or expire. Love is what gives life meaning. The little prince’s love for his rose is so important to him that his love gives the author’s life purpose and direction. The fox teaches the little prince how to love. It is the time that one “wastes” on someone or something that makes it important. It is the fox that tells us how love overcomes existentialism: “One only knows the things that one tames… Men buy things already made in the stores. But as there are no stores where friends can be bought, men no longer have friends.” The three volcanoes represent our problems. The active volcano is our current problems; the extinct, our past trials, and the dormant, the problems that we don’t know...
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