Themes

The novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry leaves a lot of room for interpretation, because the apparent simplicity of the work conceals deeper meanings. Even 70 years after its publication, the work deals with current topics, such as the question of human nature or the secret of love and friendship. In his work, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry expresses severe criticism, especially of the adults' attitude to life. This is explained in the following pages.

We will also shed light on the contrast between appearance and reality that is central to the work, and which is also expressed in the well-known quote from the fox: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye". 

The adult world is described in detail with the help of the planet inhabitants and the Earth inhabitants. The image of man and the criticism of civilization, which often appear in the book, are also interpreted. The magical world of children is of course explained in terms of the little prince who represents it, but also in terms of Piaget's theory of development. Finally, we interpret the journey and the departure of the young prince.

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