In The Little Prince, would you say there is a lot of stereotyping gender? If so, examples?In The Little Prince, would you say there is a lot of stereotyping gender? If so, examples?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Rose is the most obvious example of to use in a discussion of gender, of course, because there are essentially no other women in the story. Seems to me that, in itself, is some kind of stereotyping. In addition to the excellent points made by the post above, the Rose is rather fickle and demanding. She is an emotional creature, and these traits are all stereotypes used for women. At the risk of alienating all my female colleagues, however, I will remind you that despite the harm which can happen because ofstereotyping, often there is some basis for truth in a stereotype.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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My interpretation of the story would hold that there is a great deal of stereotyping of roles, not by gender. The adults met by the little prince on each of the planets he visits bring their own set of concerns and conceits to their encounters. The king finds it essential to be in complete charge and to give orders for all events within his "kingdom." The tippler is drunk, is ashamed of being drunk, and deals with his shame by drinking some more. The businessman is unable to conceive of any activity that does not deal with accounting for ones possessions and increasing ones holdings.

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In The Little Prince, would you say there is a lot of stereotyping gender? If so, examples?

In The Little Prince, would you say there is a lot of stereotyping gender? If so, examples?


The Little Prince includes many gender stereotypes. These can best be seen through the relationship between the Prince and the Rose.

  • Women prefer to "settle," while men prefer freedom. The Rose remains in a fixed location and wants the Prince to stay with her. Instead, the Prince chooses travel and adventure.
  • Women are weak and must be protected and cared for by men. The Rose is small, delicate, and immobile; she requires the Prince's constant help to survive. He must water her and shelter her with glass to protect her from being eaten or exposed to cold and wind.
  • A woman's physical beauty is her most important quality. / Men are interested in women primarily for their beauty. At first, the Rose dazzles the Prince with her beauty, which surpasses that of the simple flowers that are native to his asteroid. She claims to be unique in all the world. Later, when the Prince encounters a bed of roses in his travels, he assumes that the Rose had been lying about being unique because he has seen other roses who match her physical beauty. Only later does he realize that it was not just the rose's appearance that made her unique.
  • Women are more faithful than men. While the Rose pines away for the Prince on the isolated asteroid, the Prince travels widely and even encounters other potential love interests (flowers).

These are just a few of the many instances of gender stereotyping in The Little Prince.

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