The Little Prince Essay

Syreeta Sanchez
Professor Peter Scheponik
English 101 Online 7
24 February 2011
The Little Prince Analysis
The human characteristic that Antoine de Saint-Exuperys classic, The Little Prince, displays is compassion. The little prince expresses compassion to almost everyone he encounters. His compassion fosters a new understanding of relationships to other characters such as the lamplighter and the aviator.
During the little princes travels he meets and shows great compassion for many characters, primarily for those who need it most. When the little prince leaves the lamplighter he says, ???that man would be despised by all of the others, by the king, by the very vain man, by the business man. Yet hes the only one that doesnt strike me as ridiculous. Perhaps its because hes thinking of something besides himself??? (Saint-Expuery, 43). The little prince tries to help the lamplighter by offering new ideas to help him get rest. When the little prince meets the other men he is perplexed by them, but he connects with the lamplighter and his dedication to his duties.
The little princes next display of compassion is to the aviator. The aviator losses his love of art and drawing because of negative comments he heard as a child by grown ups. The little prince tries to reassure the aviator of his artistic gifts by saying, ???Oh, thatll be alright. Children understand??? (Saint-Expuery, 72). His compassion shows the aviator that while a lot of grown ups forget what its like to be a child, there is a sense of wonder that children understand and that adults can relearn.
The Little Prince serves as a great reminder to all adults to view the world and each other with childlike compassion. Antoine de Saint-Expuerys tale of planets and stars is the back drop to a story of compassion and learning to see with not only the eyes but also the heart. The little prince represents the child that lives inside of all people and the struggle adults have to access their inner-child.

Works Cited
Saint-Expuery, Antoine. The Little Prince. New York: Harcourt, Inc, 1943. Print.

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