Little Prince: Glorification of childhood in the fairy tale story

I was created to be a gardener.
A. de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery — a man unusually bright, versatile gifted professional pilot  who enjoys drawing, music, poetry from an early age. Originality of an Exupery-in a rare combination of professional vision of the pilot with philosophical penetration into an essence of life. In the writer, he sees a gardener growing beautiful souls:”I was created to become a gardener.” In his opinion, the artist, as a gardener, reveals and nurtures human souls. The writer was concerned with human relationships: partnership, friendship, love. Piercing pain for the person and childishly unshakable faith in good, justice. “Childhood is a huge land, where everyone comes from. Where am I? I come from my childhood, like some country.” This tells Antoine de Saint-Exupery about himself. In his work there is no book where he did not remember his childhood. And there is something natural in is, that the latter his book was a fairy tale for adults and children “a Small Prince.”

This book contains philosophical edification, what a person should be, what is his purpose. The main pathos of fairy tales — a celebration of childhood, that period of life when feelings and thoughts are closely pure vision of the world selflessly. Saint-Exupery called on adults to maintain their childhood, which means-not to lose the ability to understand children. Adults have Exupery-a symbol of narrowness and narrowness of interests. They talk about ties, bridge, income, they don’t see the true meaning of life. For adults there is only the price of things. They are blind to the multicolored riches of the world.

The little Prince is struck by the limited number of adults. He came from a childhood planet to know the world. The young Prince lived on a planet that was hardly bigger than himself, and he wanted another. Every morning he watered his rose, which I laid on his planet are three volcanoes. But he felt very lonely. He starts his journey because he is looking for friends. Searching and can’t find. Those whom he meets, visiting other planets, show him human vices. With sarcasm, the author tells about king without subjects, which he wished to give orders, cold case storage and hoarding, dry academic scientist, hammered. Of all the inhabitants of the little planets met the Prince, he could only be friends with a lamplighter. However, the work of the lamplighter was meaningless. He continually ignited and extinguished his lantern, but it was still a working man, a man true to his word and duties.

And yet on Earth the Little Prince finds, at last, for a true friend — a wise Fox, who managed to explain to him the essence of love and friendship. “You’re still just a little boy, exactly like a hundred thousand other little boys. And. .. I’m for you all just Fox, is exactly the same as a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, we’ll need each other.” Then, said the Fox, the Little Prince only as the one for him: “Your steps, I will distinguish among thousands of others.” To tame means to associate oneself with another being with tenderness, love, and a sense of mutual responsibility. And the Little Prince makes friends with the Fox, “tames” it, so as not to be lonely. The Fox overcomes the narrowness of its ideas about the world: hunters are bad, chickens are good, people are good only because they breed chickens. He begins to notice the beauty of the previously unneeded things, to look at the world with love and sympathy.

The topic of “responsibility” is very closely related to the topic of “domestication”. This is another favorite theme of Saint-Exupery. Parting with the Little Prince, the Fox gives him his secret: “Here is my secret, it’s very simple: one sees clearly only with the heart. The main thing is not see. Do not forget: you are forever responsible for those who tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” These words expressed the thoughts and feelings of the author. Having met the Fox, the Little Prince comprehends his wise truth: only what you put your soul into, only what you “tame” becomes yours, and you are forever responsible for it.


The Golden-haired little Prince is a fairy-tale, poetic symbol of what Saint-Exupery values so much in people. A child with a wise heart knows the true value of things. He knows that one must live not for yourself, happiness is born only when we give of ourselves to others. You can tame a flower or a Fox and understand what happiness is.

Saint-Exupery believed in good relations between people, in affection, friendship. “The only true luxury,” the writer said,”is the luxury of human communication.” About it written all his books, including “Little Prince”. This is a very poetic and elegant tale about the meaning and purpose of life, about faith in the greatness of man and his vocation. Exupery in our minds was what he aspired to be — “a gardener for the people” carefully and perceptively reveals in man his best qualities and capabilities.

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