“Now that man, the little prince said to himself as he continued on his journey, that man would be despised by all the others, by the kind, by the very vain man, by the drunkard, by the businessman. Yet he's the only one who doesn't strike me as ridiculous. Perhaps it's because he's thinking of something besides himself” (Saint-Exupéry 43).
Although the lamplighter's job had not much of a purpose, it can be shown that he was doing his job and his duty in life. Opposed to all the other people the Little Prince met, the lamplighter was the only one who was living a purposeful life because he does not think about himself. This excerpt shows that the determined and purposeful life is fulfilling the duty of life and more than just thinking about you.
“‘We don't record flowers,’ the geographer said. ‘Why not? It's the prettiest thing!’ ‘Because flowers are ephemeral’” (Saint-Exupéry 46).
The geographer does not record flowers because they are ephemeral, although flowers are one of the most beautiful things on Earth. This shows how in our society, there is no love for anything and adults only
One couldn't die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she's the one I've watered. Since she's the one I put under glass. Since she's the one I sheltered behind a screen. Since she's the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three for butterflies). Since she's the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she's my rose. (Saint-Exupéry 63)
This shows the love of the Little Prince towards his rose because the rose belongs to him. Although there may be millions of roses in the world, that one rose would be different and special to the Little Prince. Also, although there are millions of people in this world, there will be one special person for each person in...