The pilot

The childish pilot

The pilot is the narrator of the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Through his descriptions, the reader gets to know the little prince. He crashes in the desert. It becomes apparent early on that the pilot has a certain dislike for grown-ups. He tells of his childhood, when he felt forced to give up his dreams because of the grown-ups and become a pilot instead of a painter. 

At the age of six, the pilot was fascinated by an illustration in a book and wanted to redraw it. It was a snake that devoured a wild animal. He drew a giant snake that had eaten an elephant and asked the grown-ups if they were afraid of it, but they thought he had drawn an ordinary hat . Discouraged by the grown-ups' lack of imagination, the narrator gave up a "magnificent career" (0%) as a painter after only two drawings. Instead, the narrator followed the grown-ups' advice and occupied himself with things they considered important. He became a pilot.

The pilot clearly places childlike views and values above those of grown-ups. He himself has remained a child at heart and has never lost the connection to his childhood. This is shown, for example, by how he continues to keep his drawings to show them to new acquaintances. But the pilot always meets with the same opin...

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