The Little Prince – Change and Changing Perspective

Wide reading assignment: change/changing perspective
The little prince
Nevertheless he continues with his expedition and follows the advice from the geographer and visits Earth. Instead, he meets a snake who speaks in riddles and hints darkly that its lethal poison can send the little prince back to the heavens if he so wishes. The little prince ignores the offer and continues his explorations, stopping to talk to a three-petaled flower and to climb the tallest mountain he can find, where he confuses the echo of his voice for conversation. Eventually, the little prince finds a rose garden, which surprises and depresses him, as his rose had told him that she was the only one of her kind.
The prince befriends a fox who teaches him about the importance of friendship, the prince then realises that, even though there are many roses, his love for his rose makes her unique. The prince ends his story by describing his encounters with two men, a railway switchman and a salesclerk.
The narrator takes comfort when he cannot find the princes body the next day and is confident that the prince has returned to his asteroid.
Characters:
The rose- coquettish flower who has trouble expressing her love for the little prince and consequently drives him away. At the same time vain and naive, she informs the little prince of her love for him too late to persuade him to stay home and not to travel. Throughout the story, she occupies the princes thoughts and heart. The Prince??™s love for the Rose eventually draws him back to her.
The fox-a knowledgeable creature who wishes to become friends with the prince and asks him to ???tame ??? him the fox also helps the Little Prince to become aware of his affection for the rose, after finding out she is just an ordinary rose.
The Snake – The first character the prince meets on Earth, who ends up sending the prince back to the heavens by biting him. The snake is so confident he has mastered lifes mysteries that he tells the prince he speaks only in riddles because he can solve all riddles.
The King, The Vain Man, The Drunkard, The Businessman, The Lamplighter, The Geographer ??“ These characters represent flaws in human nature and are meant to be contrasted with the purity and innocence possessed by the Little Prince.
The conceited man- the second man the prince encountered on his journey was from asteroid 326. This man only wanted to be admired and craved the attention others, ???conceited men only hear praise??™ he said, this man liked to be alone to insure he was the best dressed, richest and most intelligent man on the planet.
The drunkard- The third person the little prince encounters is a drunkard from aneroid …who is quite foolish as he drinks to forget that he is ashamed of drinking.
The lamp lighter- this man would have to light his lam and then put it out again every minute because is planet was so small a day only lasted for a minute so he spent all his time lighting and extinguishing lamps. Although his ways were also pointless and strange, the lamplighter??™s devotion impresses the prince.
The Railway Switchman – The railway switchman works at the hub for the enormous trains that rush back and forth carrying dissatisfied adults from one place to the other. He has more perspective on life than the unhappy, thoughtless passengers his trains ferry. He agrees with the prince that the children are the only ones who appreciate and enjoy the beauty of the train rides.
The Salesclerk – The salesclerk sells pills that quench thirst on the grounds that people can save up to fifty-three minutes a day if they dont have to stop to drink. He symbolizes the modern worlds misplaced emphasis on saving time and taking shortcuts.
Example 1
The narrator and the little prince
By the end of the text his perspective had changed gravely, he was able to reconnect with his inner child who was once just like the little prince, he had a holistic view on life and actually became wiser from the lessons he had learnt, he learn what really matters in life and learns not to just see things superficially but to look deeper.
*Technique* used-is the use of recount to in 1st person to show us the story the prince told the narrator form a more personal level as it is as if we are there with the prince experiencing the things he is experiencing.
Example 2
The little prince and the fox
Before the prince had met the fox he was quite naive about the rose and after he found out that she wasn??™t unique like she had told him, and there were millions of roses just like her. He was quite annoyed as she had lied to him and he felt as if she was no longer of any importance.
After he had ???tamed??™ the fox taught him that she was unique to him as she had also been ???tamed??™ and in that way she was special and unique to the boy. The fox helped him realise his unconditional love for the flower.
What caused this change
???To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you _tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world. . .??? _
..This made the prince realise that the rose was unique to him because they were friends and that she wasn??™t in fact ???just a rose??™.
Example 3
The prince and the narrator and the ???adults??™
After meeting the narrator this biased stereotypical view of the princes is changed when he got to know the pilot he realises the pilot has more depth to him than all the other adults and he is actually a lot like him at heart
Technique used- contrast between the characters the prince met before visiting earth are meant to represent flaws in human nature and are contrasted with the purity and innocence possessed by the Little Prince. This highlights current social problems in the world and society but also gives the audience a greater understanding of the differences between the prince and the adults.

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