Narrator and point of view


The novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is told from the point of view of a first-person narrator who is  an important part of the plot. He is a pilot and has a crash in the desert. There he meets the little prince.

What is striking about the narrative style is that the narrator often addresses his readers directly. In doing so, he addresses the children in particular. He already asks them for forgiveness in the dedication: "I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grownup" and warns them in the 5th chapter about the baobabs: "Children [...] watch out for the baobabs!" (17%).

The narrator assumes that the reader has a childlike view of the world and a connection to himself, which is why he sees himself as their equal: "But certainly, for us who understand life, figures are a matter of indifference" (14%). The "us" here creates the impression of togetherness. The narrator separates himself and his readers from the adults, the "grow...

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