The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince Theme of Friendship
Friendships are the most important kinds of relationships in The Little Prince. These friendships are really unusual, and the common link between all of them is the prince. See, the prince is friends with his flower, the fox, the narrator, and even the snake. It’s hard to imagine how you might make inter-species friendships, but for the prince something like that is never an issue. For him, it’s harder to see how he’d be friends with the businessman or the geographer who are self-involved adults with no interest in relationships or beauty or truth.
Questions About Friendship
- Are taming and friendship the same? Why/why not?
- Select two characters and explain what they teach each other about friendship.
- Why is finding or making friends so important to the prince?
- If you could be friends with one character from this book, who would it be and why?
Chew on This
The best friend the prince makes in The Little Prince is the fox, because it’s the fox that teaches him the most important idea of all.
The best friend the prince makes in The Little Prince is the narrator, because then the prince has an opportunity to share his wisdom with someone who really needs to hear it.