The Little Prince

The Snake Character Analysis

The snake speaks in riddles, and he meets the little prince at the beginning and the end of his journey on Earth. The snake possesses a deadly poison that he promises will send the prince back to where he came from, and at the end of the story, the little prince takes his offer, making a departure that he warns the pilot will look "a little as if I were dying."
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The Snake Character Timeline in The Little Prince

The timeline below shows where the character The Snake appears in The Little Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17
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...he sees no people and worries that he is on the wrong planet. He meets a snake that tells him that he is on Earth, in Africa. The snake explains that there... (full context)
Chapter 26
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When the pilot returns the next evening, he overhears the little prince conversing with the snake . The little prince asks whether the snake has good poison that will not make... (full context)
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...return to take care of her. He gets up again and takes a step before the snake flashes by, and the little prince falls silently. (full context)
Chapter 27
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...by the fact that the little prince's body disappeared the day after the scene with the snake and believes that the little prince really did make it back to his planet. However,... (full context)