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An important constituent of the story are drawings provided by the author as a back-up. As he told himself: “Words are the source for misunderstanding” and sometimes verbal representation is not enough to fully understand the subject of matter. These drawings are very simple in their look, but they carry deep meaning for comprehension of the things they reflect.
For the pilot stars come first of all as a means of navigation, he looks at them and can orient where he is. But after the meeting with Little Prince they acquire more importance for him, as one of it is Little Prince’s home. Stars symbolize the universe, its mystery and what is unknown for people. And the narrator’s final drawing portraying a single star over the lonely desert symbolizes both Little Prince’s absence on the Earth and his presence in the pilot’s heart and thoughts.
Another important symbol is a rose - a symbol of love, beauty. The Little Prince has not immediately discerned the true inner essence of beauty. But after talking with Fox he understood that beauty becomes beautiful only when it is filled with meaning, content.
The symbol of life - water, quenches thirst of lost in the sands people, is the source of everything existing on the earth, the food and the flesh of everyone, it is the substance that makes revival possible. And at the end of the story water stands as a symbol for spiritual fulfillment.
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