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What is most important is invisible——Book report of THE LITTLE PRINCE  

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Part Outline

The Little Prince was not only written for children but also for grown-ups who are so called to be concerned about “matters of consequence” merely. The author, with the inspiration from the little prince, redefined the priority in one’s life, advocating a brave new value system different from the mass.

 

Part Character

The little prince is a genuine child. With extraordinary sense of observation and imagination, he is curious and sensitive about everything around, beautiful or ugly, reasonable or ridiculous, interesting or boring. Sometimes naive as he seems to be, he steadily holds his own view about the world he lives in and the people he has met during his travel.

Before the author made acquaintance with the little prince, he had transformed from a child to a normal grown-up reluctantly. The latter inspired him to expose his feature of a child that had been missing or hiding for long. To put it in another way, the little prince was in part exactly the reflection of the author’s childhood.

Apart from two main characters above, the author portrayed several men that the little prince encountered during his travel. The king that dominated no one but was stubborn to give commands; the conceited man who considered every visitors as admirers; the tippler that kept drinking to forget his sin of getting drunk; the businessman that concerned only with the statistics and his property; the lamplighter who was too loyal to his dull and repeated work; the geographer that was rather knowledgeable but knew nothing except plain theory…… All these people, in fact, invariably symbolize certain types of grown-ups who only take “matters of consequence” into account, or even lose their meaning of life completely. The existence of the little prince itself is a mock from children towards grown-ups like them, for they’ve never realized what is most important even though they’ve gone through much more than the former.

 

Part Plot

Taught and forced to study hard, the author reluctantly gave up his hobby-drawing, and surrendered to the utilitarian society, pretending to be sophisticated just like other grown-ups. Yet things changed when his private plane broke down and landed in Sahara. When desperately striving to repair his engine, he met the little prince who had just landed the Earth and was seeking for human.

The little prince, having successfully explained the meaning of the author’s Drawing Number One and Two, quickly made acquaintance with the latter. He started to narrate his experience and peculiar grown-ups he had met before he arrived the Earth. From the narration, the author drew out a conclusion that most grown-ups who always appeared to be calculative, never really knew what is truly important.

Eventually, with the plane repaired, they were able to escape from Sahara. Yet the little prince, bitten by a snake, became too weak to leave the deadly desert. He disappeared abruptly, the way just as he came out from nowhere.

Part Language

The author used simple but vivid words and expressions to make descriptions, intending to resemble the feature of children’s remark and prospective. Some sentences, though fairly brief, are amazingly thought-provoking. Here are some quotes:

·When I made the drawing of the baobabs I was carried beyond myself by the inspiring force of urgent necessity.

·She chose her colors with the greatest care. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear.

·“I understand you very well,” said the little prince, “But why do you always speak in riddles?” “I solve them all,” said the snake. And they were both silent.

·“Goodbye,” said the fox, “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

 

Part Thoughts

The story seems to be a tragedy at last, for chances are that the little prince died in the desert and couldn’t return to his planet to attend to his pride rose, little sheep and three tiny volcanoes. However, the treasure that the little prince left us would remedy that loss.

The little prince has kept concerning a fundamental question: What is “matters of consequence”? In the eyes of those “smart” grown-ups, it is statistic to measure the world, theory to explain various phenomenon, power to rule others, social status to show off, property to enjoy luxury life, or duty to obey every moment. The prospective of the little prince, however, is just the opposite. To him, matters of consequence means his rose as a perfectionist, his sheep that could eat the rose someday, his volcanoes used as bread ovens, and his tiny planet which enables him to enjoy sunset just with the effort of moving a chair. He has devoted himself to the administration of his own planet, thus these stuffs that appear to be of no importance mean almost everything to him. That is to say, the efforts he has made on them and the love he has delivered to them have made them special and valuable.

Say it naive or ignorant, I would argue that we seriously lack the sense of finding out the essence of life and world like the little prince. We tamely follow formerly designed approaches to reach delicately planned success, even though it goes against our own will, all because we are told that it is a matter of consequence. But how can one define “matter of consequence”? The answer is set sole by the mass unconsciously, leading to the unhappiness of people who lose themselves when desperately seeking for so called success.

The solution might already be indicated in the book. Explore what you really love, get fully engaged in your career and devote yourself in it, and you will find yourself immerged in the ecstasy of working on desired subjects, with pleasant people and for your unique, irreplaceable happiness.

Just keep in mind that what is most important is invisible to the eye.

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