Class began on 3/14/2017 with a presentation on Wall-E. It is a children’s movie that was released in 2008 featuring the last robot on earth whose job it is to clean up trash. It was quite a the success; it earned a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and a Hugo Award. It also received appreciation by Time magazine. The movie addressed real life issues such as buildup of trash and its hazard to the environment. It also showed how detrimental inactivity can be. There were morals highlighted in the movie like perseverance, hard work, and dedication.
Next we began our discussion on The Little Prince. We had to write a sentence each on the characters Soudabeh assigned to us: the prince, the fox, the rose, and a character of our choice. The story itself is a collection of multiple stories that are represented as the prince’s journey through space and the earth. A lesson can be taken from each of the prince’s encounters. We discussed that children and adults may interpret the book differently. Adults are more likely to search for a deeper meaning. Soudabeh mentioned herself that she had a professor who didn’t like the story growing up, and this could be due to the fact that the morals are complex in some instances and also the language is very advanced for a six year old. Children would find greater excitement in the adventure part of the story rather than the moral part.
Most of the characters in the book appear to be very selfish. The king, for example, is thirsty for power and asks the prince to become his ambassador so he can rule over the only subject on his planet. The rose is too vain and proud to show the prince how much she actually loves him. The businessman who thinks he owns the stars does nothing for the stars to rightfully call them his. There is the geographer who doesn’t want to trouble himself by traveling to areas on the maps he develops, so he relies on explorers instead. The adults that the narrator continuously refers to squash the imaginations of children even though their imaginations aren’t harming anyone and rather are things that the adults cannot relate to.
The prince is the one character that appears to have the ultimate wisdom about life. He feels pity for those who are selfish, and he gives his attention to things that adults may consider trivial such as his rose. The narrator is close to him in this wisdom, although he is somewhat conditioned to be like the adults the prince has a disliking for. This is seen when he complains about fixing his plane to the prince. The prince becomes furious and proceeds to lecture him.
A final thing that we discussed was the author’s lifespan. He died a year before the end of World War II, and this book was written during the war. Saint-Exupery has many other works, but this one is distinct from the rest. The political climate of the time definitely seems like a reason why The Little Prince is so unique.