Quote Analysis”As for me, nothing in the universe can be the same if somewhere, no one knows where, a sheep we never saw has or has not eaten a rose….” (De Saint Exupéry 83).
This quote relates to how relationships can help change one’s perspective on the world. The aviator would have never stopped to guess such a bizarre theory, but now he has a new outlook on the universe. This also ties to how mystery is beautiful; what is happening on that planet is invisible to Earth, but inside, there is much more than face value.”When you the aviator look up at the sky at night, since I’ll the little prince be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing. You’ll have stars that can laugh!” (De Saint Exupéry 77).It is clearly shown that the little prince learned so much from the fox. The fox has something to always remember the little prince by: the wheat fields.
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The fox explains that they previously had no use until the little prince came along. This is similar to how the aviator may not have viewed the stars with meaning, but now they will remind him of a long-lasting friendship. “The water was more than merely a drink. It was born of our walk beneath the stars, of the song of the pulley, of the effort of my arms. It did the heart good, like a present” (De Saint Exupéry 71).This quote relates back to the fox’s philosophy of believing that everything should be cultivated and made special for oneself. The quote shows a clear juxtaposition between the water from the well and the water from the pill.
Unlike with the efficient thirst-quenching pill, the little prince and the aviator work and put in effort for that water. There is simply no satisfaction in just buying something, putting time and energy to get it is more rewarding. “What moves me the aviator so deeply about this sleeping little prince is his loyalty to a flower- the image of a rose shining within him like the flame within a lamp, even when he’s asleep” (De Saint Exupéry 68-69).
This quote shows how there is more to something than its superficial quality. Even though it may seem that the little prince is just a little boy with blond hair, there is more to him. Inside the little prince, he has an unconditional love for his flower that one wouldn’t be able to see without getting to know him. This ties back to when the fox says how relationships develop overtime and that is what makes them special.
“They the water-quenching pills save so much time” (De Saint Exupéry 66).Here, the salesmen relates back to how adults are always in rush, and long for extreme efficiency. However, with this efficiency comes lack of enjoyment and savoring of an experience. This connects to what the fox thinks, which is that people are always buying ready-made things and don’t take the time to make it special.
Even if it is the satisfying moment of quenching one’s thirst, it is the little things that make life all the more special. “They’re not chasing anything. They’re sleeping in there, or else they’re yawning.
Only the children are pressing their noses against the windowpanes” (De Saint Exupéry 65).The author successfully ties two scenarios together with this quote. The railway switchman explains how children tend to be more perceptive of their surroundings than adults. Adults tend to lose their curiosity and become unsatisfied in the present moment.
This relates to the lamplighter, and how he is unsatisfied with his job that is actually fascinating and symbolic of life (life of stars). Both sections of the text show how adults tend to be more negative and don’t stop to look at the full picture. “People haven’t time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends” (De Saint Exupéry 60).The fox seems to be a source of wisdom. Here, he shows how people lack the time and effort to ‘tame’ or make something one’s own.
By saying this, the little prince realizes that even though he can find many other roses like the one on his planet, his rose is the most special because of the relationship he built with her. The fox also helps point out an issue in modern times. People are more consumed with social media than actual face to face connection, which in turn makes them a true/special relationship. “I thought I the little prince was rich because I had just one flower, and all I own is an ordinary rose.
That and my three volcanoes, which come up to my knee, one of which may be permanently extinct. It doesn’t make me much of a prince…” (De Saint Exupéry 56).This is another quote showing how isolation can lead to a limited perspective on the world. The little prince thought he had such a unique flower because that is the only one he has ever seen, but in reality it is just an ordinary rose. At this point, the little prince becomes less narrow-minded, since he is aware that he isn’t as special as he thought he was.
This could foreshadow a more mature personality in the little prince as the story progresses. “People? There are six or seven of them, I the flower believe, in existence” (De Saint Exupéry 53).This quote shows how lack of exploration can limit one’s viewpoint of the world. The flower has only seen six or seven people, and because she can’t explore, she concludes that there are only six or seven people in the world. This limited perspective parallels with the viewpoints of the adults on the planets the little prince visited. Since the vein man is the only man on his planet, he claims himself as the most handsome. The geographer doesn’t explore and see the world for himself, instead he makes other do it for him, which is why he has no idea what is on his planet. The author successfully intertwines the stories of all the characters the little prince encounters to create and bring forward one prominent theme: not exploring can lead to narrow-mindedness.
“Anyone I the snake touch, I send back to the land from which he came” (De Saint Exupéry 51).In general, people think of snakes as evil, deceitful, or relatable to death (like in the Bible, and other holy books). This quote alludes to the fact that the snake could kill the little prince at anytime. Later in the chapter, the snake evokes pity on the little prince and offers to send him back to his planet if he is homesick. However, the reader may still feel a sense of distrust from the snake, so this encounter could possibly foreshadow the death of the little prince.
“‘We don’t record flowers,’ the geographer said. ‘Why not?’ It’s the prettiest thing!’ ‘Because flowers are ephemeral'” (De Saint Exupéry 46).At this point, the little prince acquired a piece of knowledge that makes him more mature. The geographer says that the flower won’t last forever, and the little prince realizes that his love with the flower is so precious (‘the prettiest thing’) and he must take advantage of it. One can even argue that he realizes that life is ephemeral too. He comes to the conclusion that he needs to live his life to the fullest (which could be why he went to Earth).
“It’s a terrible job I the lamplighter have. It used to be reasonable enough. I put the lamp out mornings and lit it after dark” (De Saint Exupéry 42).The lamplighter and The little prince have two completely different views on the lamplighter’s job. While the little prince sees his job as useful because it resembles bringing a star to life and that the lamplighter is blessed with over a thousand sunsets, the lamplighter views this differently. He sees his job as terrible and unreasonable (the planet revolves once a minute, so he must turn the lamp on and off every minute) because all he wants to do is sleep.
This relates to how some people feel they are unsatisfied and stuck with their job, but they don’t realize the benefits they are providing for others.”I the businessman have so much work to do! I’m a serious man. I can’t be bothered with trifles!” (De Saint Exupéry 36).The businessman appears like most of the grown-ups.
Even throughout the conversation with the little prince, the businessmen can’t even put two sentences together since he is so busy counting the stars. In the real world, people become so consumed with their work, and only analyze the numbers. They tend to forget the beautiful things that surround them, which definitely contrasts with the little prince’s views.
“‘Why are you the drunkard drinking?’ the little prince asked…’To forget that I’m the drunkard ashamed,’ confessed the drunkard, hanging his head” (De Saint Exupéry 35).The author relates the drunkard to human behavior. Adults rationalize their bad actions with unreasonable means. This is similar to the drunkard, because to forget that he is ashamed of drinking he continues drinking. The drunkard is almost stuck in vicious cycle that he can’t get out of.
“Do me the vain man this favor. Admire me all the same” (De Saint Exupéry 34). This quote shows a common trait in adults, which is always wanting to be liked. The vain man’s desires contradict themselves. In order to surely be the most handsome, he must be alone. However, he must have people on his planet so he can be praised, which is why he takes advantage of the little prince’s presence.
“That is the hardest thing of all. It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it’s because you are truly a wise man” (De Saint Exupéry 32).I think that there is a common thread running through the book thus far: the interpretation of others versus oneself.
Many times, people will exempt themselves from an issue, taking an exceptionalist approach to a situation. The author uses this quote to connect with the aviator. The aviator believes that grown-ups are boring and have a lack of imagination.
However, back in Chapter 4, the aviator explains that he is becoming a little like the grownups when he couldn’t see the sheep inside the drawn crate like the little prince could. As shown, people tend to analyze themselves with a much less harsher lense than they would for others in some cases.”‘Don’t hang around like this; it’s irritating. You the little prince made up your mind to leave. Now go.
‘ For she the flower didn’t want him to see her crying” (De Saint Exupéry 27).This is yet another quote that connects to human behavior. Many times, people put up a tough front and hide their true feelings. The flower actually loves the little prince, but ends up pushing him away due to her sassy tone. At that time, the little prince didn’t understand why she was so defensive and leaves. This connects to how people may say one thing but mean another. “The little prince realized that she the flower wasn’t any too modest, but she was so dazzling!” (De Saint Exupéry 23).This quote shows how the flower has balance.
As much as the little prince doesn’t like that the flower isn’t humble, she is stunning. The flower is almost human-like in her behavior because people have facets of their personality that aren’t perfect. The quote symbolizes how one must get past the negatives aspects of a person and like their personality as a whole.”If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when looks at the stars. He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out” (De Saint-Exupéry 21).It is extremely clear that The little prince doesn’t have much on his planet. He worries that the sheep will eat this one flower that he loves, and the flower won’t be able to protect itself with its thorns. The author also uses symbolism when the little prince talks about the stars, which resemble his happiness.
This one flower is enough to keep him happy. However, if that flower dies, the stars go out, meaning his happiness does as well. “I the aviator dropped my tools. What did I care about my hammer, about my bolt, about thirst and death? There was, on one star, on one planet, on mine the Earth, a little prince to be consoled! (De Saint-Exupéry 21) This shows a true act of friendship, and also contrasts with what the aviator thinks about the grown ups. He thinks that they are materialistic, and only want to know the quantitative details about a person.
In this quote, the aviator truly cares about his new friend, and is basically risking his life just to console The little prince. The author uses the juxtaposition between the aviator’s opinions and his actions to emphasize this certain part of the chapter. “For a long time your The little prince only entertainment was the pleasure of sunsets. I the aviator learned this new detail on the morning of the fourth day” (De Saint-Exupéry 16).In this quote, the author uses subtle hints to imply that The little prince isn’t happy on his planet. Also, the diction the author uses in this quote, especially with the word ‘detail’, shows how The little prince is closed off.
The little prince is more interested in learning about this new world, so learning something new about him is like a detail in a puzzle. “He answered, ‘Oh, come on! You know!’ as if we were talking about something quite obvious. And I was forced to make a great mental effort to understand this problem all by myself” (De Saint-Exupéry 14).This quote references back to previous statements that the aviator made. The aviator constantly talks about how grownups aren’t very imaginative and always need everything to be explained to them. Most of the time, he takes an exceptionalist approach to this idea, but he is actually on the other side in this instance. The fact that he had to rack his brain to figure out what The little prince was implying, shows a similar circumstance with drawing Number One.
With this drawing, the adults saw a hat and the aviator saw an elephant inside of a boa constrictor. “Perhaps he The little prince thought I was like himself. But I, unfortunately, cannot see a sheep through the sides of a crate. I may be a little like the grown-ups.
I must have grown old” (De Saint-Exupéry 13). The aviator seems to start to understand both sides of the story in this quote. In previous chapters, he explains that grown-ups need everything to be explained to them and that they have a lack of imagination. Here, he starts to see that one can’t really help this phenomenon, and could just come with age. Sometimes people can perceive things differently, and that is the realization the aviator is coming to. “A Turkish dictator ordered his people, on pain of death, to wear European clothes. The astronomer repeated his demonstration in 1920, wearing a very elegant suit.
And this time everyone believed him” (De Saint-Exupéry 9-10). This quote adds to an overarching theme of this book. Previously, nobody believed the astronomer because of his apparel, but when he changed his looks, people believed him.
This mirrors the issues of society. One isn’t accepted unless they conform to certain standards, just like the astronomer. The author also uses this piece of text to parallel with the aviator. The aviator is constantly reminding readers that he abandoned his artistic talent because he was expected to have a steady job, something more ‘practical’. Both instances show acts of conforming to certain expectations. “Then the little prince remarked quite seriously, ‘Even if he did, everything’s so small where I live!’ And he added, perhaps a little sadly, ‘Straight ahead, you can’t go very far'” (De Saint-Exupéry 8).The quote shows a sense of remorse on behalf of The little prince, and the reader learns new information from this. When he remarks that he can’t go too far where he comes from, it implies that he uses his imagination to make up for the lack of his surroundings.
It also suggests that being on this planet is something extraordinary for him, which is contrary to what the aviator thinks. The aviator depicts life as slightly lack-luster and that grown-ups aren’t interesting, but when the aviator meets The little prince, it is clear that he is experiencing something unique as well: talking to someone from a foreign planet! “‘So you aviator fell out of the sky too. What planet are you aviator from?’ That was when I had the first clue to the mystery of his The little prince’s presence, and I questioned him sharply. ‘Do you come from another planet?” (De Saint-Exupéry 7-8). This quote reveals many details of the story. In the first part, when The little prince compares himself to the aviator, the reader can view this as symbolism. The sky represents both of their wild imaginations, and provides the reader with a parallel in personality for both characters.
In the second part of the quote where the aviator is extremely curious as to where the The little prince comes from, it shows a juxtaposition. Previously, the aviator was depicted as uninterested when talking to others due to their lack of creative power. However, his personality is flipped when he meets someone similar to him, not to mention that The little prince seems other-worldly.