Study Guide: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery|
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The narrator next explains that he finally chose a career in aviation. During one of his flights, the narrator’s plane crashes in the desert. While he is repairing his plane, he is surprised by the voice of a stranger who asks the narrator to draw a picture of a sheep for him. The narrator is very surprised, but agrees to make the drawing for the stranger, who is a small built man with wavy hair. As the narrator gazes at the stranger more closely, it seems he is almost like a child, filled with innocence and simple ways. The stranger is the Little Prince.
The narrator decides to first draw an elephant inside a boa constrictor.
He is surprised when the Little Price recognizes the drawing for what
it is. The narrator then draws three sheep, but the Prince ignores the
picture. The narrator next draws a box and puts the sheep inside it; the
Prince is satisfied with this drawing.
The novel begins with the narrator explaining his earliest attempts at drawing. The message is that adults do not look beneath the surface of things; therefore, they are not able to see beauty or comprehend true value. It is obvious that the narrator does not have a very high opinion of adults. He thinks that children are able to see more than they see; he also thinks that he has to bring down his level to converse with them, for they are unable to talk about boa constrictors, primeval forests, and stars.
The real story begins in the second chapter when the narrator meets the Little Price in the desert after his airplane has crashed there. With his small build, wavy hair, and child-like innocence, he does not seem to be a human, but a visitor from another planet. When the narrator draws for him a picture of a boa constrictor eating an elephant, the Little Prince immediately recognizes it for what it is. The narrator is amazed and delighted that he has finally found someone who understands his drawings.
The Little Price asks the narrator to draw for him a picture of sheep, a request that seems as mysterious as the little man himself. When the narrator draws the first picture for him, composed of three sheep, the Little Prince does not respond. In the next drawing, the narrator makes a box and puts the sheep inside it; this drawing pleases the Prince.
The first two chapters set the mood of the novel; it is to be adventurous,
but mysterious. After all, the narrator has a plane crash in the middle
of a desert, where he encounters a strange, but sensitive, little man
who seems to come from a different planet and who requests a drawing of
sheep. The tone of the novel is also set; the narrator respects children
more than he respects adults. As a result, he immediately likes the Little
Prince with his child-like simplicity and his ability to see beneath the
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