Who is the little prince and what happened to him are two questions we have been asking ourselves since we were children. At first, we thought that he was a child very similar to us and that he went back to his little planet to be with his beloved flower. The snake helped him to return home. But as we grew up, we have come to realize that our beautiful boy died from the bite of a serpent. Some even consider his death to be a suicide through which he went back home. We also acknowledged that he was not a real boy, but rather a child within us who we while growing up, forgot about. However, is that really so? According to the two theories, the truth is much different.
The Untold Story Of Little Prince
The untold story of the little prince is a novel that follows our beautiful hero after the snake bite. The book describes his adventures in the forest after it turned out that the serpent’s poison didn’t kill him. On his journey to find someone who could help him depart from his body the little prince encounters dozens of animals and apparitions that put him into new dilemmas and teach him new things about life and love.
Did The Little Prince Grow Up?
According to another theory, the little prince was a real boy who even managed to grow up. But in order to understand this theory, we need to elaborate a bit more on who little prince really was
Who Is Little Prince?
Little Prince is a character from the book who Antoine Saint Exupery’s pilot encountered when his plane crashed in the desert. However, this is more than just a story. When it comes to this writer, he really did have experiences with plane crashes. Antoine liked to fly. He was a mail pilot by profession.
On 30 December 1935, after almost 20 hours in the air, accompanied by his mechanic-navigator André Prévot, Saint-Exupéry crashed in the Libyan desert. The mere flight was an attempt to break the speed record in a Paris-to-Saigon air race and win a prize of 150.000 francis. The crash site was somewhere close to the Nile Delta.
What ensued was a struggle for survival. Extremely high temperatures were only one of many obstacles. They were also short on food and water. As their supplies of water were running out the dehydration ensued. What came next were hallucinations. This experience is what most probably inspired the famous little prince to be written. But the question is, did the writer hallucinate the boy, or did he really met him?
To make a long story short, a little prince could be a real boy that ran away from the cavern that was going through the desert. But why would a boy run away?
What Happened To Little Prince? The Dark Truth of Exupery’s Secret
One of the most interesting parts of the book are the travels of the little prince during which he visits planets with proceeding inhabitants:
The question is: Are those imaginary characters or ciphers that hide the dark fate of the little prince as the mentioned book title suggests? The theory suggests that the boy was a child from the Bedouin tribe that got lost in the desert. Sahara was always full of nomads riding their camels and traveling from one part of a desolace to another. Antoine and Andre were saved on the fourth day by the Bedouin. The fact that he stumbled upon them was luck. But where was the Bedouin going? Could it be that he was looking for a boy? The boy could have easily stumbled on Antoine and Andre while they were grinding forward.
But if the boy was real why didn’t the writer and his companion take the boy with them?
Hallucinations could be one explanation. Antoine and his companion weren’t capable of making the difference between hallucinations and reality. They were barely capable of taking care of themselves, let alone somebody else. The boy might have joined them on their journey. But they just couldn’t keep an eye on him. It is how he got bit by a snake. And their blurred consciousness is the answer to why they couldn’t find the body. Or maybe they could. But after seeing the boy got bit by a viper they thought he is as good as dead. And they were not able to carry him with them so they decided to leave him and let the snake poison kill him.
Did Little Prince Kill Himself?
In many overviews regarding the book, it is often said that the little prince commits suicide so he can get back home. But is that really so? He was a pure little rascal coming from a star that probably didn’t understand how life and death work on earth. His exposure to the snake bite would be more of his choice to travel back home rather than to take his own life away. Leaving a body that was too heavy to travel on the world so far away is not an ending of life but merely a compromise to make another step in a far greater journey. If you approach the topic from this perspective that could not be taken as suicide. Sometimes the Little Prince is assumed to be a form of Jesus Christ that decided to reveal himself to Exupery. The reason for such an interpretation is the fact that only a child can be so pure and innocent. Another feature that connects the little prince and Jesus is the belief in the afterlife. Or, better to say, perception of life in a way that the mere death is neglected and considered for transmission into eternity.
However, if we chose to observe the little prince as a child within a writer then we are definitely going to understand that the regular world he was going back to after fixing his plane had no place for a boy as the little prince was. This would mean that part of the writer committed suicide.
Why Was Little Prince Banned?
Did you know that little prince was banned and that the writer didn’t live to see the lifting of the ban?
The ban on the little prince ensued from Antoine de Saint-Exupery being exiled from France. In World War Two, on 22 June 1940, France surrendered to Germany. Before the surrender Exupery flew with reconnaissance bomber Bloch MB. 174. And he wanted to keep fighting. When the Germans established their rule the writer fled to North America over Portugal with an intention of helping in convincing the U.S. to enter the conflict against the Nazis. Since Antonie de Saint-Exupery was held as an enemy of Germany his books were banned from that point on.
Did The Writer Of Little Prince Kill Himself?
At 8:45 a.m. On July 31, 1944, Saint-Exupery went on his last flight. He took off from Corsica. The flight was a reconnaissance mission over occupied France. But from after 1 o’clock, there was no feedback from the pilot. His commanding officer became alerted. At 3:30 Saint-Exupery was officially reported missing. In April 1945, a funeral Mass was held for him. Since he did not live to see the German troops going outside of his country he didn’t live to a ban being removed from his little prince.
One of the assumptions is that he lost control over the plane and bashed into the water. Another is that he was shot. This is very likely due to the fact that Germans had their artillery positioned across France. Nazi plains were also going over the sky.
But some people believe he committed suicide. His disappearance is very much alike to the disappearance of the little prince at the end of a novel. Little Prince did allow the snake to bite him so he could go back to where he came from.
Due to the health issues that ensued from his many aircraft crashes the writer had struggled with depression during his life. In 1943 he was also accused of secretly collaborating with Nazis which made things for him even harder. Those could all be reasons for Exupery deciding it was more than enough.
For the end, we give you an excerpt from the little prince:
“What is a rite?” asked the little prince.
“Those also are actions too often neglected,” said the fox. “They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours. There is a rite, for example, among my hunters. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday is a wonderful day for me! I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just any time, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all.”
So the little prince tamed the fox.