Materialism In The Little Prince

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Through the vision of a child, there is happiness, there is joy. But as time passes, Humanity becomes conditioned to obey the demands of society, distorting their perception of life. Only those who maintain their child-like qualities are able to look beneath the surface of an object and discover the essence within. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery, explores the importance of the preservation of one’s child-like perception. The novella follows the adventures of the little prince, who lives on a small planet with a single rose. His departure, from his beloved planet, unveils the true meaning behind the relationship he possesses with the vain flower. In the philosophical novel, Saint Exupery critiques vary, ranging from adults failure to uncover the true meaning within, the melancholic effects of adulthood, and the devotion adults possess towards materialistic items. His critiques emphasize the dangers of humanity forgetting to relish the spiritual qualities of life, forcing them to meanly exist.
Saint Exupery holds a mirror up to humanity, showing the importance of the ability to perceive through the outward facade of objects to the hidden significance from within. In the novel, the adults judge others based on the "outer shell," (Saint Exupery 106) neglecting the inner beauty. The judgemental nature of adults is seen when the Turkish astronomer who discovered asteroid B-612, the little prince’s planet was mocked upon for his native clothes. Though when he gave
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