Litte_Prince_Flower.jpg“If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere. . . .’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out and that isn’t important?”

This is the Little Prince’s response to when the narrator tells him that roses are not a “serious matter.” This response shows that he believes that the restricted priorities of grown-ups is silly. He points out the adults stress over routine and material possessions when question regarding relationships and the universe are more valuable and important.

At firsts this statement seems naive, because of course the pilot fixing his engine is more important than questions about the universe. However, as the novel progresses the truth behind the Little Prince’s statement becomes evident. Upon the return home of the Little Prince the narrator looks up at the sky and becomes emotional about whether of not the sheep has eaten the helpless flower. The narrator’s perspective on the sky has changed completely, showing that a person perspective is most important:"Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, 'Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?' And you’ll see how everything changes. . . . And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important!".