The Little Prince represents the positive elements of childlike thinking and feeling that the pilot, in his adulthood, has lost due to social pressure and cynicism. Unlike adults, the Little Prince takes joy in the simple things (like his flower and the beauty of nature), has an open mind, and indulges his imagination even if it does not get him money, fame, or an ego boost.
The pilot is changed by his encounter with the Little Prince. By interacting with him, the pilot becomes more childlike himself and is able to regain his former imaginative, open-hearted qualities lost to time and experience. This does not mean he becomes childish, but that he integrates the best parts of the childlike perspective into his life.
To the pilot, the Little Prince symbolizes a childlike innocence that has been untainted by adult ennui and sophistication. To the pilot, the Little Prince also represents sacrificial love and devotion.
The prince proves early on that he can perceive what is going on beneath...
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