Antoine de Saint-Exupery is the writer of the “Little Prince” novel. The author is a French origin, aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneer aviator.
The Little Prince is a descriptive and humorous child character used in the novel thereby making the readers to conclude that the piece is dedicated to children. Unfortunately, the novel is not only meant for children, but also written to all persons at different ages thereby making it fit for both children and adults.
First and foremost, the protagonist in the novel is not the young prince, but a middle aged aviator. However, most readers often conclude that the novel is dedicated to children at first sight. The narrator outlines major problems that he encountered such as psychological that resulted into frustration when he was young and the practical plane crash that made him stranded are justify the fact the narrator is a middle aged aviator (Saint-Exupery and Howard, 2009). Moreover, the fact that protagonist’s father died shortly before their fourth bone sibling’s birthday and the instances of bereavement such as Saint-Exupery failing his examinations depict conditions that are not common to children. The “Little Prince Novel” is not for children because the stories in the novel are mostly meant to entertain those who are adults or grownups. For example, when the narrator satirized the adult jabs, this was probably meant to make the story interesting for adults to motivate them to continue reading the piece. Moreover, Beyala (1995) assertion that the planets that the prince visited were inhabited by foolish and narrow minded adults, drunkards who forgot the shame of their statuses, and businesspersons who continuously counted stars places the novel in the adult context. Walden (2003) further showed how the narrator described a person who mindlessly extinguished and relit a lamp severally, an arrogant man who believed he was the most admirable person on the uninhabited planet. These intentional illustrations in the novel imply that the novel is majorly meant for adults. At the same time, the romantic messages about the superior feelings above intellects, corruption of civilization, and the claim that children have wisdom makes the novel “The Little Prince” an interesting piece meant for adult readers and not necessarily children.
The Little Prince is not only a novel for children but also adult readers. The art of living and system of values are discussed such that the commonality of thought about these two aspects makes them common and united. In addition, Saint-Exupéry, Mortensen, and Howard (2013) assert that the novel is a complex tale that is composed of ambiguous information regarding a child with golden hair. In other words, Saint-Exupery’s narration in the novel “The Little Prince” can only be believed if the novel is read at different levels; such strategy would create the pleasures and imagination to the readers at all age groups. Saint-Exupéry and Chávez (2001) cite that in the twentieth century, the “Little Prince” was possibly the most appealing novel to both adults and children because it was translated into many versions.
However, the little prince seems to be part of both adults and the children because the novel is about a little child who landed on the earth from a star. It also outlines an airman who was stranded in the desert following the plane crash and sought to understand the prince’s secret. Saint-Exupery employs the use of poignancy hope and suspense in the piece of art (Beckett and Nikolajeva, 2006). Through the use of nation, the author managed to capture the attention of the readers; this is outlined by the narration that reflects how the little prince landed on the asteroid B612 where he met a number of people among them being the conceited man, the king, the accountant, the drunkard geographer, and the lamplighter. These encounters become a parable of human existence thereby reflecting the nature of adults. Similarly, the magic of the big snake makes the piece interesting to the readers.
Therefore, “The Little Prince” novel is a great masterpiece that is read different age groups and academics, both children and adults. This justifies the fact that the novel is not a children’s novel. It is a descriptive narration about a young aviator and a little prince referred to as the little prince. The piece is concerned with childhood, morality, friendship, love, hope, and the magic surrounding the humanity thereby indicating the risk of experiencing loss as people grow into adulthood.
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