The Little Prince is a story about the exploration into the narrow-mindedness of being an adult openly, not an adult-like adult. Compared to the placement of two different sentences, an openly adult can think and act in an adult manner, regardless of age, whether young or old. In contrast, adult-like are people whose age can no longer be counted on their fingers and even multiplied by one and a half or two. Sometimes, adults see themselves as mature, wise, and omniscient. They do not get it at all. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry exposes wisdom and maturity through aging characters and narrow-mindedness to the situation and the world.
The Point of View
The Little Prince starts his exploration into the narrow-mindedness when he met a pilot, point of view, in the middle of the Sahara desert when he was there alone. Even a unique friendship began to build between them. It was the first time the Prince had met the pilot, and he could understand what he was saying. The pilot once told adults about disappointment. He dreams of becoming a painter, but the adults abandon his dream.
They do not understand an elephant’s image, eaten by a boa and looks like a hat, drawn by the pilot when he was a child. Instead, adults tell the pilot to learn some science. As a result, a career as a painter, not even built at first, collapsed instantly. He ultimately chose to become a pilot. When the pilot met the Prince, he immediately understood the image of the hat drawn by the pilot. No one understands the picture unless the pilot explains it.
It is also a reason why the pilot has no friends. The pilot’s plan of thoughts and ideas is different from such of the average adult. These little moments paved the way for the friendship between the Prince and the pilot. Speaking of company, the Prince is not an earthly creature. He came from a distant planet called asteroid B 612, no bigger than a house. Living alone on this tiny planet, the Prince wandered the vast universe and eventually came to Earth and met the pilot.
The pilot asked if he felt the need to name the asteroid where the Prince lived. Adults still want logical thinking and scientific evidence, not based on spiritual and conscience aspects.
The Vital Point
The Little Prince is the exploration into the narrow-mindedness of an incomplete narrow perspective from the point of view of children to adults. Although self-realization, love, friendship, and suffering divided the arch’s structure, the protagonist has a closeness moment at the end of the turn. While the point of view focuses on a materialist rather than the essence of humans and the Earth, the Prince, before being aware of himself, saw wrong and made a quick judgment on the human point of view. However, his argument that the development of dangerous stereotypes and prejudices is discussed in every character. Questioning an open-minded and narrow-mindedness is vital to the direction of each individual’s mind.
The protagonist, the Prince, represents a narrow mind, in particular, on adults as the narrow-mindedness’ exploration. He described a clear distinction between adults and children who solve problems, see the world, and see the future. He described adults as dull yet unimaginative, still believing the discipline could work according to the system’s procedures without being creative. On the other hand, he told children as imaginative yet open-minded, subconsciously sensitive to the world’s beauty above the chaos, war, and arid lands to the mystery and its surroundings. As the Prince travels from planet to planet, the six adults he meets proudly reveal their character traits, contradictions, and flaws.
Representing an open-minded child, the Prince was a nomad, on the other hand, anxiously asking questions and eager to engage in the mysteries of the universe and the world. Showing a curiosity for understanding and happiness, he shows where age is not a significant factor in the age gap. No matter how the Prince got caught up in the hallucinations of children’s thoughts inside the adult body, he was always open to something. An obsession with size often illustrates the aging gap between these ages.
At the very least, all consequences must be structured and measurable. It is not like such things. Such things also must not be hyperbole or vice versa. There is objective truth, logic, the foundations of science, and intellectualism. For example, if people only buy an expensive phone with a cheap brand name, an item’s essence will not make a person rich. However, if gasoline is inversely related to the low price, people get it.
Virtually, the portrait of each human being as an individual must manifest each individual through self-realization. In the middle of the Prince’s journey, the Rose, the Prince’s lover, represents the reality of the wife of Saint-Exupéry, Consuelo: an artist and writer, divorced and widowed. Saint-Exupéry’s aside journey illustrated a heartbreaking story and involved many affairs; the debate over hyperbole will not move horizontally. The Prince found a rose garden, very similar to the Rose, but told himself that the Rose on Earth had never been unique. Remember, the same does not mean different, and vice versa. In reality, Saint-Exupéry’s journey around the world as a pilot wants to find a new Rose. At the same time, he met the Fox.
The friendship of the Fox and the Prince begins when the Prince persuades the Fox to distaste him. This symbolic relationship is a form of exclusive social connections that will bind people to each other. Once again, the Prince and the Fox have separated also. The Prince wants to find a rose, where he almost forgets his purpose. By making these two connections, he learned the meaning of love and friendship. When we focus on how we “plant” seeds in relationships, it is considered “death.” On the other hand, this rationality brings sympathy but again overlooks other aspects that adults never realize and rarely see.
At the end of the journey, the narrator and the Prince are in a position of frenzy and despair after the exploration into narrow-mindedness. They learn a hard truth about the human condition and mortality in a sequence where they are both thirsty. Like the animal chain, they are almost animalists searching for freedom to cured their “thirst.” Deus ex machina, too, along with a loner at the end of the day, played a big part in the sequence: a bucket full of water they found in a well.
The thought exchange’s final message contains that a human being will find meaning only in their relationship to being in affliction, either above God or other people. An aging existential crisis, even terror, is a principle of consequences and responsibility. According to society’s myths, a newborn baby will be born healthy if the things around him and the baby’s process are born smoothly and without problems.
Likewise, vice versa, as there will be divine light coming directly from heaven. This pain usually arose from how at such time also found the true essence of man. At the end of the journey, the Prince is at a point wherein a hat with a transcendent elephant becomes his desire in life; he did not want to admit it and realize it.
The Short-Term Innocence and Rationalism
Is not the goal of this story just children’s innocence and adult rationalism? It could balance wanting to become an adult or forced into being an adult. Children can be selfish like adults and vice versa. The dichotomy reveals that the scope of the policy is only short-term. However, people could also be wrong outside of being in an adult’s body to find out more about this book and conclude it in some nonsense.
Why do adults create cartoons instead of building according to adults who think like adults? Why are children always held up with thoughts of hierarchy and justification about minorities? In essence, humanity can also be the central message of this book. It could also be if the context took when the children are even reading this book. By the way, will the concept of children’s thoughts be the same as adults as they read this book? It can also give rise to ironic debate.
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