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What is the main theme of the Little Prince?

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triskelion | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2007 at 8:48 PM via web

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What is the main theme of the Little Prince?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 17, 2007 at 9:15 PM (Answer #1)

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There are several. The theme of narrow-mindedness is one. Throughout the novel, many are guilty of being short-sighted. The narrator complains of the grown-ups not being able to interpret his painting.  The adults are often incapable of accepting anything other than what can be immediately seen.The little prince is the symbol of open-mindedness.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 22, 2007 at 2:32 PM (Answer #2)

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The main themes of The Little Prince, beyond the dangers of narrow-mindedness  are:

  • Enlightenment through Exploration—each main character desires both adventure (exploration of the outside world) and for introspection (exploration within himself). It is through his encounter with the lost prince in the lonely, isolated desert that the friendless narrator achieves a newfound understanding of the world.
  • Relationships Teach Responsibility—The story teaches that the responsibility demanded by relationships with others leads to a greater understanding and appreciation of one’s responsibilities to the world in general. The story of the prince and his rose is a parable about the nature of real love. The prince’s love for his rose is the driving force behind the novel. The prince leaves his planet because of the rose; the rose pervades the prince’s discussions with the narrator; and eventually, the rose becomes the reason the prince wants to return to his planet.

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