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The little prince can be read on two different levels. It's a children's book, yet each and every character brings a universal message. The story is about the "beautiful and sad passage of the world", in that adults cannot appreciate the things that children do even though they were once children. I have listed some of the characters and things in the book and what they symbolize.

King - the king is depicted a self-centered person who thinks highly of himself. However, this superiority brings only loneliness to him and causes people, like the little prince to leave him. He thinks he knows everything and possesses everything, but in truth, he is very ignorant of the world beyond his miniature planet. The king represents people in our society who thinks of themselves as superior beings. They don't listen to other's opinions and disregard the consequences of their actions. In the end, all they get is disrespect instead of the respect that they believe they should have. 

Clown (conceited man) - the clown, like the king, is also very conceited. However, unlike the king, he is so self-indulged that he lives his life looking for admirers. The clown is like a blind person who cannot see the beauty of the world because he is so focused on himself. He also does not recognize faults within himself because he's so self-absorbed. For a person to be respected and admired, one needs to contribute to the world or to make a difference in someone's life. The clown does neither. He is living a life that is meaningless and full of lies because he fully believes that he's the most wonderful person in the world, even though he did nothing to build his reputation. Hence, One cannot judge a person by their appearance or by the way the talk. One can only judge a person by the things they do and don't do. 

The Flower -  flowers blossom from tiny sprouts which grow from tiny seeds under the earth. Throughout the life of a flower, it changes and grows and blossoms. The flower in the story grows like this too, except she grows to becoming more mature and caring. At the beginning she nags the little prince all the time and orders him to do stuff for her. She's seems very conceited, but when the little prince leaves, she feels very sad and thinks that it is her fault that he little prince is leaving. The flower to the prince, is the treasure and the "essential" that one can only see with the heart. He finally learns to appreciate her because he has lost her. The flower can be compared to mothers. Mothers nag their children all the time to pick their clothes, make the bed, take the trash out, and perform different duties. However, their intentions are good. They care deeply for their children and keep a roof over their children's heads even though they might seem unfair or annoying at times. It is when we lose our moms, that we will realize their importance in our lives.  

The little prince - the little prince represent innocence, ignorance, and purity. When the prince goes to visit the people on the planets, he cannot understand them and thinks that they are very bizarre. He wonders why the businessman counts the stars because he doesn't do anything with the starts except "possess" them. He also does not understand why his flower is "ephemeral", and that he will lose her one day because she will die. These truths remain unclear throughout his journey because he is innocent. He cannot see the reality of the world around him, nor can he understand the mind of the adults. When he meets the snake, the snake does not bite him because he is so pure. The little prince does not know the dangers that a snake represents and so he talks to it just like he did to the fox. His mind is unadulterated by evil, money, and greed like the mind of adults are. Furthermore, he can see what adults don't. For example, he finally understands the importance of the flower to him because she is unique to him and he is to her. Hence, he must protect and care for her. Adults don't understand things like this: they don't know why a flower would ever be as important as money or fame, nor would they care if a flower died and the stars cried. The prince brings back childhood memories into the life of the narrator that he has long forgotten. He teaches the narrator to be responsible for those you love and have tamed, and to be yourself even though no one is listening to you. The little prince also teaches us that the best things in the world aren't necessarily the most expensive, the rarest, the fanciest, but the things that we see and can enjoy everyday like friends and family.   

the Businessman - the business man represents the perfect adult because his mind is only occupied by numbers. As we grow up, our interests change because of what society demands of us. We must take responsibility and earn a living. Hence, we can no longer be a child and play with toys or play on playground.....








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The little prince is a book by Saint Exupery. All the images here are drawn by me, but they are the reproductions of Exupery's drawings in the novel. This Site is copyrighted 2002 by Sherry Liu. All design/content/layout is the property of the author otherwise noted. part of Mellow Cherry