The story demonstrates the conflicts of modern society in a symbolic and allegorical way. With society getting more materialistic and complex, the insight of this story is the emphasis it places of the beautiful simplicity of a child's heart. This prince demonstrates kindness, generosity, and friendship. He confronts the disillusionment presented by such characters as the astronomer and the drunkard, but refuses to be influenced by their reality. Instead, he remains a hopeful and true believer.