Book Review

Topics: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Fable, Richard Bach Pages: 3 (964 words) Published: June 22, 2013
The Little Prince
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

– trina paulos


What is common among the three stories?
The little prince, Hope for the flower, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull are stories that can bring an everlasting moral lessons in LIFE. These are stories with a philosophical implication, the works of the authors Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Trina Paulos and Richard Bach are devoted to a discussion of the sort of questions normally addressed in way of life. I said so because all the stories give emphasis to the function and role of the society, and also the purpose of life.

Moreover, the tree stories are considered in the category of literary allegory and fable. An Allegory, according to our handout (Introduction to Literature, p vii), is a prose form in which the characters, ideas and actions stands for something else or for a system of ideas with meaning implied. Further, it is a symbolic story that can be transparently interpreted, such as in the story of The little prince the rose as a particular woman in the prince life, in Hope for the flower the pile of squirming, pushing caterpillars as a opponents or competitors while in Jonathan Livingston seagull the flock as a family.

A fable, on the other hand, is a short allegorical tale conveying moral or principle of behavior, the characters are usually animals talking like human beings but keeping their animal traits. Other than animals it may include mythical creatures, plants, objects, or forces of nature in which are humanized and teach a moral. Like in The little prince so many characters that conveyed different lessons to the reader; the rose, the fox, the snake, the baobabs, the stars, the Turkish astronomer and also the prince itself. In the Hope to the flower, the grey haired caterpillar teaches the essence of becoming what you are meant to be. While in the Jonathan Livingston seagull a fable about following your dreams...
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