In The Little Prince, is the war between the sheep and flower important? What do the sheep and the flower represent?

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One way of understanding the war between the sheep and the flowers is to see it as the Prince's first encounter with the idea of conflict and loss. Roses produce thorns to protect themselves; the sheep can eat the roses, thorns and all. When the pilot tells the Prince that the rose's thorns are good for nothing, it makes the Prince very angry. He is angry at the pilot for not understanding, but he is also angry because he...

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