The drawings are an important feature of the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry . They can be found in almost every one of the 27 chapters. All the characters in the work are illustrated with the help of a drawing; only the narrator himself does not have a drawing. The drawings replace the descriptions of the characters. Numerous drawings of the little prince can be found, through which the reader is able to recognize him.
The drawing of the little prince already played a decisive role in the genesis of the work. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry had a habit of drawing fantasy figures on a tablecloth or on letters. At dinner with his publisher, Curtice Hitchcock, and his wife, he also drew something on the tablecloth and he is said to have then been asked what the drawn meant.
Saint-Exupéry is said to have replied, "Not much, just a little fellow I carry around in my heart." Hitchcock is said to have been so taken with the little figure that he spontaneously suggested to Saint-Exupéry that he should write a children's book.
The process of drawing also plays an important role in the narrative. In the first chapter, it is reported that the pilot loved to draw as a child and wanted to become a painter, but the grown-ups stopped him because they did not consider painting important.
In the text, the pilot’s drawings are frequently referred to; they have a supporting effect on the text. The narrator explicitly refers to his drawings in the text. However, he also highlights his own inability to draw several times. For example, he describes his portrait of the little prince with the words...