The Little Prince
“The Little Prince”, a story which tells you what you want to hear,but in an unusual way. I myself after reading the book felt a kind of peace deep within. The feeling was like finding what I was looking for all my life. I love the sentences of the story and the way they transfer the moral
of the story!
The story accentuates the importance of self-exploration and the differences between the perspectives of children and grown-ups. At different parts of the story you can see very complicated facts of life put in the simplest words.
For instance, somewhere in the story the writer points out the differences of values. There you can see that something that is very important to you might seem so foolish to someone else, but this doesn’t mean that what you care for is really foolish and unworthy. The prince and his love for the flower was funny for many people but the writer shows how important this can be, no matter how funny it appears to be!
You can see it in the part which says: “If some one loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, ‘my flower’s up there somewhere.’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?” Some where else the prince draws a picture that looks like a hat but is meant to portray a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Whereas children use their imaginations and see the hidden elephant inside the boa constrictor, adults offer the most dull, unimaginative interpretation and see the picture as a hat. Here, the writer uses this drawing to see whether an adult retains any of his noble childhood perspective??! And this proves the fact that being a grown-up is a state of mind, not a fact of life!
The fox in the story is something we all need to have in our life. The prince has learned the fox’s lessons on his own. All the fox does is to spell them out for him. When the fox leaves the prince he says a nice sentence that I’d like to mention. “Goodbye,” said the fox. “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. . . . It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important. . . . People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said, “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose. . . .”
It simply reminds us of the truth we have forgotten. At first the prince’s ideas sound silly but little by little the reader feels “what could be more important than these?!!” After the prince goes back home the narrator of the story looks up at the sky and wonders whether the sheep has eaten the flower, he realizes that the answer to that question changes the way he sees the entire sky. What you care for makes you look differently at things. And sometimes very little things might change your whole life. (Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes. . . . And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important!)
At the end the prince’s personal perspective on the universe proves to be more serious and right than the perspective of adults . . . !
After reading the story I thought to myself and wondered if I had the perspective of an adult or a child!!!!