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What is the moral lesson in the story "The Little Prince"?

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kierry | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 19, 2009 at 8:36 AM via web

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What is the moral lesson in the story "The Little Prince"?

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kkosach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM (Answer #1)

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There is not one moral lesson to be found in "The Little Prince".  Any time you want to find either the theme or the moral of a piece of literature, use this formula:  ______________ (the text) is a book about/story about/play about _____________(abstract noun).  For example, you've probably read "Romeo and Juliet".  Here are three themes/morals from the play:

Romeo and Juliet is a play about love.

Romeo and Juliet is a play about hate.

Romeo and Juliet is a play about haste.

As far as The Little Prince is concerned, you are talking about a semi-autobiographical narrative by a French pilot who has crash landed in the desert and is hallucinating.  If you want to find the morals, take each individual story and decide what it is "about".  The story about the drunk, to name one, is a story about desperation.  You could expand this example to address the general desperation of mankind.  Each story is the same in that universal fashion.  Mostly, these stories are about how each individual is wrapped up totally in himself.

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Posted August 20, 2009 at 3:08 AM (Answer #2)

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