Analysis of Husserl's Phenomenological Theory in The Little Prince

Document Type : Research Paper



One important aspect of The Little Prince by Antoine
de Saint-Exupery 1900 -1944) is a phenomenological approach on the story that
needs to be analyzed for a clear understanding of the text. According to many
searches in valid English and Persian data bases it seems that this aspect of The
Little Prince
hasn’t been of interest to domestic and foreign researchers.
This descriptive- analytical study demonstrates that the personality of the
little prince is indeed the philosophical inner child of the author (the
narrator) which at first proves himself through a philosophical action.
Analysis of the behavior, speech, mind and characteristic of the little prince
and other positive characters of the story and also the portrayal of the little
prince proves that this story has been written under the influence of
phenomenological theory. Emphasize on the natural power of child recognition,
disregarding the appearance of every concept and emphasizing of the little
prince on its origin, non-compliance of the images of hat and box with their
true signified, criticizing consciousness and diverting the reader’s attention
to genuine recognition of phenomena and values
​​and social norms are all some
evidence-based signs of phenomenological approach in The Little Prince.
Also some concepts such as domestication action, symbolic places like the
planets and stars, Africa, natural forest, desert and oasis and so on can be analyzed
in terms of phenomenological theory.