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Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Truth

Characters in The Little Prince, especially the prince, are really committed to learning what is true. “True,” in this sense, doesn’t just mean what’s actual versus what’s a lie, but what...

Transformation

The main characters change a ton in The Little Prince. It’s not like they grow ten feet, get tattoos, or start wearing all black. Unlike other books about growing up, the characters don’t chang...

Sadness

The Little Prince is full of sad things. Sure, there’s joy too, and friendship, and love, and understanding… but all of that is touched by sadness, especially once we get to the end of the book...

Versions of Reality

Technically, The Little Prince is set in a real place: the Sahara Desert, on our planet earth. But, in the Sahara, the narrator meets a prince who isn’t from our reality. He’s just visiting. Th...

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 frien...

Language and Communication

Meeting the prince changes the narrator’s life in a lot of ways. More than anything, this new friend helps the narrator see the world in a different light. (Who’s the real lamplighter, then?) P...

Innocence

At its core, The Little Prince may be about innocence. “Innocence,” as it’s defined in Merriam-Webster, means, “freedom from guilt or sin through being unacquainted with evil.” The prince...

Perseverance

In The Little Prince, characters who move out of their comfort zones and persevere are seen as positive. The more questions the narrator asks of the prince, the more he learns about his new friend....
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