In the beginning, “The Little Prince” had many themes common to modern day psychology whereas the ending is filled with spiritual themes related to Catholic Christian spirituality. Yesterday, in section XXV, the little prince was experiencing Christmas. Today, in section XXVI, the author has rapidly moved onto Easter.
In section XXVI, the character of the little prince surrenders to death willingly. The narrator cares for the little prince much like followers of Christ cared for Jesus during his passion and death in biblical scripture. The author/narrator says, “I loosened the golden muffler that he wore. I moistened his temples, and had given him some water to drink. And now I did not dare ask him any more questions.” The character of the little prince says, “Tonight – you know…Do not come.” “I shall look as if I were suffering. I shall look a little as if I were dying.”
The little prince is bitten by the yellow snake and taken back to the planet he came from. This ending occurred just as the author/narrators plane was repaired. The author/narrator is returning to the world he knew before crashing into the desert, however he is returning as a changed person. The character of the little prince communicated this change in the author/narrator by saying, “And at night you will look up at the stars. Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found. It is better, like that. My star will be just one of the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens…They will all be your friends. And, besides, I am going to make you a present…”You – only you – will have stars that can laugh!” What is the little prince telling us?
The little prince is saying that once we see the presence of the divine life in one person, especially ourselves, we are able to see this divinity in all people. The mystic heart of the author/narrator no longer saw tribal divisions between people. Instead, he began to see all people like he saw the character of the little prince. There was no one star that stood out as his favorite, now all the stars brought to mind the goodness and innocence of the time the author/narrator spent in the desert with the little prince.
The last section in the story is section XXVII. In this section the author/narrator talks about having given the little prince a muzzle for his sheep so the sheep would not eat the flower. The author/narrator realizes that he forgot to draw a strap for the sheep’s muzzle. So, now he wonders if the sheep has eaten the flower or not. What is the author trying to communicate in this last section?
The author/narrator is talking about faith and freewill. The sheep (symbolizing all of us) has the freewill to do good and see good, or the sheep can hurt the flower by eating it. When the flower is eaten, the “little bells are changed into tears.” This means that all of the spiritual world cries when we step on others for our own benefit. But “when the little prince shuts his flower under her glass globe every night, and he watches over his sheep very carefully…”Then I am happy. And there is sweetness in the laughter of the stars.” This means that when we have faith in the little prince to care for us, we will live a more trusting life with less division and fear. We will experience more love and joy because “there is sweetness in the laughter of the stars.”
The last page of the book has a picture of a desert landscape with a star. This scene could symbolize the star of Nazareth. The author writes, “Then if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is. If this should happen, please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.” The golden hair, again may symbolize the common image of Jesus Christ as a child, the prince of peace. Jesus spoke in parables instead of answering questions directly. Lastly, the author is awaiting his return. These are all very Christian Catholic themes. The author/narrator likely did have a genuine spiritual encounter with God. The success of his novella which is still selling over 1 million copies a year, over 70 years after its original publication, attests to the timelessness of his story.