The outer journey

In the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, both the little prince and the pilot are on a journey. The pilot wanted to fly with his plane from one place to another. However, his plane crashes in the desert, which is why he has to interrupt his journey: "Something was broken in my engine." (14%). 

For the pilot, it is a matter of survival: "It was a question of life or death for me: I had scarcely enough drinking water to last a week" (10%). The desert is the representation of loneliness and abandonment.

The very next morning after his crash, the pilot meets the little prince. The little prince is also on a journey. He has fled from his home planet, asteroid B 612, because he had problems with a rose. The course of his journey happened by chance. He was in the region of the asteroids 325 to 330 and paid a visit to these six planets and its inhabitants for this reason.

The little prince came to Earth on the recommendation of the geographer. He lands in the desert and goes in search of the people. The little prince meets the snake, the desert flower, the echo, the rose garden, the fox, the merchant, the switchman, and the pilot. Together, the little prince and the pilot spend eight days in the desert, where they form a friendship .

At the end of the work, the pilot is able to continue his journey, having repaired his plane: "The companions who met me on my return were well content to see me alive." (98%). The little prince also presumably returns to his home planet at the end with the help of the snake. The departure of the little prince means an earthly death for him. He must leave his body, because it is too heavy for the rest of his journey.

A journey symbolizes the search for the right path. Discovering new areas, countries, or cultures is as much a part of traveling as meeting foreign people. Travelers can also be confronted with conflicts and obstacles that stand in their way. Central to t...

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