I am an avid fan of the little prince and the fox and Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. I have read The Little Prince more than thrice now.
How Avid Am I to The Little Prince of Antoine De Saint-Exupéry?
The first time I read The Little Prince was when my 10th Grade teacher gave me a task regarding the story. And then because I was intrigued by the fact that the Little Prince was so imaginative, and the fox who was so witty and loving, I downloaded the pdf of the book, and then I was immediately able to read it. And as far as I can remember, it only took me a day to finish reading the book. It was completely good and appealing the way how Saint-Exupéry told the story. The messages behind each chapter were the main reason I kept on reading the book repeatedly. And I have read it more than thrice. It was universal and legendary. It was a book you cannot refuse to read. It was so sincere and communicative.
And now, I want you to know how I understand the book because maybe this might help other readers, particularly students who have assignments regarding this book. I hope this help.
I am not a native English speaker. So, I beg you not to think I am. Please laugh at me if I have mistakes, at least, I make you happy. Thank you in advance.
Chapter One - we are introduced to the narrator, a pilot, and his ideas about grown-ups
I will tell you these straightforwardly because…
‘I was carried beyond myself by the inspiring force of urgent necessity,’ - the narrator of The Little Prince book.
In this chapter, it seems that the narrator did always have the same opinion about adults’ minds. I believe he thought most adults had lesser imagination compared to children. And that imagination had become useless to them compared to learning about geographies, politics, business, and other adult things. Creativity and imagination on such Drawing Number One and Drawing Number Two of the narrator were rich and vivid but adults seemed to always ignore its content and essence. Because adults seemed to be more focused on things that gave them wealth, fame, satisfaction, rank, and food to feed themselves.
Young vs. Old
Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, and Chapter Five
Chapter Two - the narrator crashes into the desert and makes the acquaintance of the little prince
In this chapter, the narrator finally found someone who had a true understanding of the things he liked to talk about. The Little Prince symbolizes innocence, limitless imagination, and the no-ending possibility of things happening in a child's mind.
Chapter Three - the narrator learns more about where the little prince came
“Straight ahead of him, nobody can go very far…”
This quote has always had something to tell to me. Straight ahead of him, nobody can go very far…I believe this quote is about the mere fact about humans that we are only humans, that wherever we wander or go, we can't go very far because we are humans. No matter how much we had achieved in life, we cannot go very far.
Chapter Four - the narrator speculates as to which asteroid from which the little prince came
“But he was in Turkish costume, so nobody would believe what he said. Grown-ups are like that...
“…So in 1920, the astronomer gave his demonstration all over again, dressed with impressive style and elegance. And this time everybody accepted his report.”
I had a similar experience with this Turkish astronomer way back when I was twelve and in the 8th Grade, when there arrived a transferee. My classmates went asking her about her impression of each of the students they had in mind. Until she was asked about her impression of me. And then she went, “I thought you weren’t brainy because you don't seem to be similar to those intelligent people I know. They are beautiful and well-dressed and you—I just thought you weren’t smart.”
And then, I realized she was all about the physicality of a person that defines intellect. Thus, humans may have this attitude of prejudgment on people by their coverings. This is an impression that should be extinguished. People have their imagination about a person based on how they dressed.
“Grownups are interested in figures…”
Yes, grownups indeed adore figures I have a friend who has this attitude of instantly befriending a stranger because she would immediately think they are nice and kind as long as they are beautiful and well-dressed or trendy.
The size of the Little Prince’s planet is a resemblance to the world in a child's mind. That a child has only had a small world while he or she is young and innocent and hasn't been taught about figures by adults yet.
Chapter Five - we are warned as to the dangers of the baobabs
“…There were good seeds from good plants and bad seeds from bad plants. But seeds are invisible. They sleep deep in the heart of the earth's darkness until someone among them is seized with the desire to awaken. Then this little seed will stretch itself and begin -- timidly at first -- to push a charming little sprig inoffensively upward toward the sun. If it is only a sprout of radish or the sprig of a rose bush, one would let it grow wherever it might wish. But when it is a bad plant, one must destroy it as soon as possible, the very first instant that one recognizes it.”
In this paragraph, there is the importance of knowing good and evil.
Seed is a symbol of a child or a baby particularly. And that seed comes from either a bad or a good plant (parents or from whoever a person grows up with). And as that seeds grow up, one should take a strict guard for it as it might grow into a bad plant (bad person) and when one recognizes something bad to that seedling, then it is one's responsibility to destroy it as soon as possible. Seed can also be a resemblance of a person's attitude that continues to grow as they get old.
There is this famous saying in Filipino:
“Habang bata pa putulin na ‘yung sungay.”
And if the planet is too small, and the baobabs are too many, they split it into pieces...when evil becomes stronger and abundant, it would destroy our world, our lives.
“You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first moment when they can be distinguished from the rosebushes which they resemble so closely in their earliest youth. It is very tedious work…” the little prince added…
The bad attitude seems to be not yet distinguishable during its childhood and it may also blend in with its surroundings until something awakens it and turns it into a completely bad person.
“Children,” I say plainly, “watch out for the baobabs.”
Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, and Chapter Eleven
Chapter Six - the little prince and the narrator talk about sunsets
This chapter has the most difficult message to decipher. I thought the wanting of the little prince for the sunset is similar to how we long to achieve our dreams. That in any place our dreams might just be waiting from there and it is only in our decision if we will go there and make things happen. But then the little prince said “one loves the sunset when one is so sad,” this quote is a difficult thing for me to understand. But let me hear you in the comments section below.
But I think I have a snippet of understanding of this quote. I think this means, the sunset reminds a person about the end of the day or the departure of the light. It might also mean the melancholic splendor. Because sunset can mean leaving and it is sad to see someone departing. But if the Little Prince was fond of sunsets but he says that one loves it when one is so sad, that maybe means that anywhere we can find something to share our fondness with but it is also in something we are fond of we find sadness. Because we can never feel melancholy about something that doesn't matter to us.
Chapter Seven - the narrator learns about the secret of the little prince's life
This chapter teaches me about the importance of everything that anyone could own. Essential objects aren't just about things that we see or touch or taste or hear. Instead, the most essential thing is the one that you can't touch or see or hear or taste.
It isn't because it was just a flower and a sheep then it was already of no importance. Because no one can figure out what is important until you have your heart with it. Anything is of importance once one has its heart with it. Thus, no one has the right to say that a thing is of no importance. No one has even you. Nobody can say that is important, that is not important. We have different things that have our importance and no one has the right to judge us for giving importance to something that others might think is nonsense. Because the truth is one never knows.
Chapter Eight - The rose arrives at the little prince's planet
This is something like a man’s attraction to a woman’s physical beauty. And humans mistake taking unimportant things that are spoken by the person they loved, and forgetting the deeds that show off true adoration for them from this other person. People tend to be hurt by what they heard instead of focusing on the actions of love that are meant to be felt and experienced by them. We are humans, we make reckless actions and in the process forget the things that truly matter.
Chapter Nine - the little prince leaves his planet
About the volcanoes, it is simply that we have no control over the natural disasters that occur on our planet and thus we suffer from them until this time.
While in the departure of the little prince and the crying of the rose, it is just simply that the rose is a symbol of a woman, the woman of the little prince that was usually rigid to him was proud and demanding of things but I don't mean her to be materialistic. The little prince saw the negative things about the rose instead of the good things it could offer to him. So the little prince decided to depart because of this.
Chapter Ten - the little prince visits the king
This one is somehow funny and meaningful. The king didn't want the little prince to go but the little prince wanted to. And because the little prince believed it was a reasonable thing to be ordered to go because he could do that, the king did not command him to do so. It is the confusion between the reason of having authority if no one would ever be amenable. You can't be a leader if you have nothing to lead. And besides, what is the essence of having the authority if people actually don't recognize you and just go in their lives freely? This one cracks my head. Grownups are strange.
Chapter Eleven - the little prince visits the conceited man
This chapter talks about the fact that humans are mostly liking to be famous and being acclaimed as anything great. But the little prince wonder what the conceited man had to be worthy of praise and worship; the little prince thought of clapping as the strategy to make the hat go up. Besides, the conceited man was the only man on his planet. His a strange man indeed.
Chapter Twelve, Chapter Thirteen, Chapter Fourteen, and wait...
Chapter Twelve - the little prince visits the tippler
This one is the funniest I think because the tippler drank to forget the embarrassment of being a drunkard. So, that is extremely queer.
Chapter Thirteen - the little prince visits the businessman
The Little Prince taught me about owning things that are useful to me and that I am being useful to them.
But you are of no use to the stars...
Chapter Fourteen - the little prince visits the lamp lighter
The lamplighter was the Little Prince’s favorite because among all the men he had visited, only he did a work that would benefit others. He did not only care for himself but others. That even though he couldn't sleep he still did obey the orders without reluctance and fought the temptation of tiredness and sleeping. He was a sensible man to make friends with. The Little Prince was indeed right.
That is it for this Hub, for now, we will submit the continuation of this message break down by Yahel your Humble Hubber. We will be talking about Chapter Fifteen and so on, on my next Hub. I am hoping for your support and comments about my comprehension of the famous book of the famous former aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince. And I want to hear from you, too. You can talk to me any online way you want. Thank you, Scribers.
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