Parables In The Little Prince

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Although the book The Little Prince has many parable like sections in it I have selected the Little Prince’s journey from his asteroid to Earth to discuss. The Little Prince leaves his asteroid because of a flower he first loved, but it grew to lie and be demanding. During the Little Prince’s journey to Earth he stops at six asteroids. These asteroids are inhabited with six very different people that, very discreetly, teach him many lessons like parables do. Some of the lessons include respect, admiration, greed, and determination. The first asteroid that the little prince travels to is asteroid 325. This asteroid inhabits a king “Wearing purple and ermine, he was sitting on a simple yet majestic throne”. This king demanded that his authority be respected, and to assure that he was respected he made his commands reasonable. “If I were to command a general to turn into a seagull, and he didn’t obey, that would not be the generals fault. It would be mine”. This king provides a lesson, the lesson of reasonability and respect. The second asteroid the prince visits is asteroid 326. This asteroid enquires a very vain man “Ah! A visit from an admirer!” the man says. The man takes advantage of the fact that he is the only person on the asteroid “I am the handsomest, the best-dressed, the richest, and the most intelligent man on the planet” he says. The little prince doesn’t understand why the man cares about admiration so much. The very vain man’s lesson is about how you, unlike
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