The Little Prince Moral Lesson

What is the moral lesson of The Little Prince?

Expert Answers
rmhope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story of The Little Prince has many moral lessons. As the Little Prince journeys from planet to planet and meets the residents who live there, he learns a lesson from each. For example, from the king he learns the futility of power; from the conceited man he learns the vanity of praise; and from the tippler he learns the destruction of shame. He learns that many people live meaningless existences that produce little benefit for others. But when he reaches Earth, he begins to learn lessons that impact him personally. Seeing the thousands of roses that look just like his rose makes him feel as if he was duped by his flower; she had told him she was unique, and he had believed her. The fox teaches him what it means to be tamed, and he realizes that his rose truly is unique: She has tamed him, and he has tamed her. The fox, as his parting gift to the Little Prince, shares his secret with him. 

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

The fox explains that one becomes responsible for what one has tamed, and the Little Prince realizes that he is responsible for his rose. 

The main lesson, then, is that the meaning of life can be found only in relationships. Loving someone causes you to commit yourself to another, and that makes even the most humdrum occurrences of life take on deep significance. 

yamaguchityler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Depending on how you view it (stories are all subjective), the lesson from this book can be seen as the only way we can learn in our lives, is through experiencing it ourselves first hand. We cannot rely on others telling us, teaching us, or trying to get a message across. Unless we are there experiencing it ourselves, we will not be able to learn from what is true. Furthermore, the story teaches us the importance of friendship, being invisible, and responsibility. Depending on how the reader views it, this story has many teachings it can offer.

bmadnick eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The moral is that we cannot truly understand unless we search for meaning ourselves. Someone else can tell us about it, but we need to experience it in order to know what it means. The narrator says that what makes the water from the well so good is all the hard work that went into finding the well with water. Relationships, objects, and experiences are rewarding only when a person puts his/her own time and effort into it.
saihafire | Student

It shows us how we can only understand different things in the world about through experienceing them as how he showed the little prince venturing the worlds and meeting different people and thus grows up in a way most "grown ups" never experienced.

gdfdhdhjhj | Student