Is Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince political satire?

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I would actually hesitate to call The Little Prince political satire. Rather than being interested in ideas or instances related to government or power, Saint-Exupery is actually considered a humanist. He is more concerned with social issues, issues having to do with society and the heart, rather than politics. The only chapter we can really see as having political connotations is Chapter 10 in which the prince visits the king who is really reigning over no one in particular.

Literary critics have recognized this description of the king as fitting a lot of authority figures, but especially of the French government before and during German occupation early on in World War II (eNotes, "Social Concerns/Themes"). France's initial response to Nazi Germany was to join forces with Great Britain in trying to appease the Nazis . France signed the Munich Pact along with Great Britain and Italy, allowing Germany to invade Czechoslovakia. When appeasing the Nazis failed,...

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