02 Oct 2009

Essays on The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a book about a man who ends up stranded in the desert who meets a young boy.  This young boy is a prince who comes from a tiny planet.  The Prince begins to tell the story about his life on his planet where he was the caretaker of all that grew and of the rose that appeared, its beauty capturing his heart.  However, the rose lied to him about something, causing him to become distrustful of her and to become lonely.  He decided to leave the planet and ended up on Earth after landing on six other planets where he was not happy at all.  On each of the planets, he met men who were obsessed in one way or another with profit, fame and power, concepts which seemed to defy logic to him.

The Little Prince was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  Antoine was born in 1900 in France and considered himself a pilot above all else.  He began to write The Little Prince during World War II, after Germany’s invasion of France, an event that forced him to flee to the United States.  No doubt this virtual exile contributed heavily to the tone and content of The Little Prince.

The character interactions in the Little Prince are mostly between the Prince and The Narrator.  We do learn the narrator is an aviator (just as Saint-Exupery was prior to WWII).  However, there are also many strange interactions when it came to the Prince.  The Prince had a rose who was his best friend till she lied to him.  He also talked to a fox and a snake, the latter of which claimed his bite could send the young prince back to his world in the sky, if he wished.  At one point The Prince even mistakes his echo for a person and attempts to hold a conversation with it.  In all, The Prince is presented as an almost child-like innocent.

The Little Prince stands as not only an exorcism of Saint-Exupery’s personal demons, but also as an indictment of the moral decay he saw in the world around him.  It is interesting to consider this novel in light of other authors who had similar concerns such as Huxley and Orwell.  This novel added to a long tradition of writers using fiction to protest injustice and moral decay or to express concerns over developing issues, such as Orwell’s fear of the development of a surveillance society, which we today are rapidly finding ourselves immersed within.

Though The Little Prince found Saint-Exupery little fame or success, his novel stands as a literary classic.  The structure of the tale does, however, give many students difficulty when trying to prepare essays.  Professional writers (such as those on our staff) are use to this and can quickly and easily prepare you a high quality, comprehensive essay on this and many other topics.  Place your order through our secure website today and sleep easy tonight, knowing your project is in good hands.

12 Nov 2008

Essays on Closing Societies

Events of recent history are an exercise lesson in the meaning of an ancient Chinese Curse:  “May you live in interesting times.”  Events in the world, technological, social and political, are leading us towards an unprecedented string of closing societies.  Closing societies are characterized by increasingly harsh penal institutions, dramatic curtailment of social and political rights, a rapid decline in governmental accountability, and deliberate programs to quell any protests against these changes.

 

We have seen many closing societies over the past century come and go, but never without serious and lingering consequences.  In the 1920s to 1940s, we saw three such examples of closing societies unfold:  Nazi Germany, Hirohito’s Japan, and Mussolini’s Italy.  The closing of these societies and their subsequent imperialistic motivations were the primary cornerstone that led the world into the horrors of World War II.

 

We saw this process of closing societies repeat itself with the birth of the Soviet Union and Communist China, events that sparked decades of cold war spying, covert political plots, and both economic and militaristic sabotage efforts by both sides.  The consequence of these closing societies has been perpetual distrust between Eastern and Western developed societies.

 

Today, we stand at the threshold of a new round of closing societies.  This time, the main driving forces behind the closing societies is technology.  As governmental entities incorporate new computer and video surveillance technologies, the potential for a police-state to develop and misuse these technologies is growing rapidly.  The lessons of history are all we have standing between us and fulfillment of the Orwellian prophecy.

 

  • Given the current state of affairs in the world, identify the most likely candidates for closure and present your arguments for their inclusion on the list.  What sociopolitical environment seems most conducive to such closure?  What technologies and/or policies currently “on the books” might contribute to such closure and what available technologies might assist or hamper such closure?
  • The White Rose Society was a group of college students in Nazi Germany who dared speak out against Hitler and his leadership.  For this, they were found by the Gestapo and executed for sedition and treason.  Compare and contrast these events with reported events involving the Department of Homeland Security.  Are there reasons for concern by the American citizenry?
  • In the 1930s, Hitler had numerous “detainment” camps established throughout Germany into which various groups were exiled from society for “retraining.”  This practice was again seen in Lenin’s and Stalin’s Soviet Union.  With reports of the United States having similar facilities constructed that purportedly will hold up to a half-million people, are we seeing similar events unfold in the United States and if so, what should we do to stop it?

The closing of societies is a scary prospect, particularly when, as with Italy and Germany, those who close societies are often elected by democratic processes.  Thomas Jefferson warned us that the price of remaining a free society was eternal diligence.  The empowerment of diligence is knowledge and communication.

 

Research and analysis of issues such as closing societies requires skill as many of the clues revealing the closure process are hidden in numerous news stories and half-truth press releases.  Writers like ours are use to working in such environments, frequently having to draw facts together from sources corrupted by governmental and corporate propagandists.

 

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