In two to three sentences, please write your own reflection of the “bigger meaning” in chapter 1 of The Little Prince.    

The "bigger meaning" of chapter one is that adults only see the surface of things. They have lost their sense of imagination and wonder needed to see the richer essence of life. This is best conveyed through the pilot's picture. Adults see it only as hat, but children and the Little Prince understand it to be a boa constrictor that has swallowed an elephant.

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The 'bigger meaning' of chapter one can most readily be understood by focusing on the pilot's drawing. To adults, it looks like a hat. However, as children—and later the Little Prince—understand, it is a drawing of a boa constrictor that has swallowed an elephant.

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The 'bigger meaning' of chapter one can most readily be understood by focusing on the pilot's drawing. To adults, it looks like a hat. However, as children—and later the Little Prince—understand, it is a drawing of a boa constrictor that has swallowed an elephant.

The meaning of this is that adults only see the surface of things. They have lost the skill, wonder, and sense of imagination it takes to see into the richer essence of life. A snake who has swallowed an elephant is a much more interesting vision than an old brown hat.

This prepares us to appreciate the Little Prince, who very much has the heart and mind of a child and can see immediately the inner meaning of the pilot's drawing. To the pilot, this means that the prince has "true understanding."

In chapter four, the pilot will talk more about the bigger meaning of life. He will say that to convey this bigger meaning, he has arranged his story of the prince in a form similar to a fairytale. All the facts might not be precise—he states he never got them all from the prince anyway. His telling will communicate the bigger truths about what he gained from his encounter with the prince.

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