Le Petit Prince Character Analysis

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‘Le Petit Prince’ consists of many different kinds of relationship, comprising the relationship between the little prince and the fox, the prince and the rose, and most importantly, his relationship with the pilot – who acts as the story’s narrator whilst representing the author himself, Saint- Exupéry. Through the little prince’s story of his journey from planet to planet and the relationships he forms along the way Saint-Exupéry expresses the book’s two main themes: love and friendship. The chapter with the fox, in particular, emphasises the importance of taking the time to get to know someone. The fox also helps the little prince realise that it was the time spent with his rose that made her unique. The narrator of the story is the character …show more content…
The pilot is a grownup whose plane engine failed and caused him to crash in the middle of the Sahara Desert. While desperately trying to fix his engine, he meets the little prince, who appears from the horizon and befriends him. Although the pilot is a grown up, he is sympathetic to the values and perspectives of children, a trait which grows even more pronounced as he bonds with the little prince. They have a lot in common, for example, both find it strange to believe in numbers blindly like many adults do. The narrator believes that adults are obsessed with the wrong things: money, ambition, facts, and figures. He finds it impossible to relate to them, and as a result, he leads a lonely life. The narrator believes that unlike adults, children have a keen insight into and understanding of the essential, important things in life. He explains in Chapter 1: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” Discouraged by the ignorant adults, the narrator was forced to give up his imagination when he was a child. However, in meeting the little prince, he finds a kindred soul in him and a companion, who shares his ideas and world views. It is because of the narrator’s fondness for imagination and friendship that he hits it off so well with the little prince. We sympathise with the narrator’s disillusionment with the world that is obsessed with the wrong things. It is upon befriending the little prince that he rediscovers the imagination, beauty and creativity of

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