Lessons from Sara Crewe – A Little Princess


What is all about being a Princess

There are times that people misunderstand each other because the words that they choose may mean different things to other people. What is a ‘princess’ for others may mean differently to another person. More often than not, miscommunication occurs as people relate things to each other. It is the lack of ‘real connection’ that create the barrier of what must be communicated to the recipient and the sender’s lack of accurate word choices that make the message vague to the recipient.And sometimes, the interpretations that are carried within that influences how we understand things. But in the story of The Little Princess, Sara asserts that being a princess means having a personality of dignity, compassion, kindness and generosity. Majority of fairy tales depict a princess as a model of righteousness and one who wins a prince’s heart because of her good traits. In prehistoric era, princesses are those who wear crowns, elegant gowns and those who stay in a majestic palace.

Lessons to be Learned from Sara Crewe

There are many things that one can derive from a traditional story, and one of those is a lesson that can get you through the day. You don’t use these lessons knowing full well that they are embedded within the pages of a book and are thus self-explanatory, but they are best imbibed fully within one’s life, where they are now intertwined with the reader or the spectator.

In “A Little Princess,” you’d get as many lessons as you get. Frances Hodgson Burnett created a compelling tale in the tradition of her British forebears that will surely have the stuff that lasts. Sara Crewe is the daughter of a wealthy military man. The book, with an original title of Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s Boarding School, isn’t really about Sara’s or anyone’s exploits more than Sara’s glorious personality which shines through whenever she is faced with a calamitous situation.

What are the things that one learns when being with someone like Sara Crewe? The entire experience is like following the adventures of a particularly well-bred and at the same time, gregarious heroine who shows herself time and time again the characteristics of a little princess not just of a school but of the specific class of character to which she belongs. Her previous wealth and connection, and the subsequent loss of her status cement her as being a child whom little children of the present age can sympathize with as they do with other heroes from books.


The main lesson is resilience, and one sees that in the little things that Sara does, and her humility shines through as we are aware that a minor thread in the story will bring back everything to Sara but, having nothing and forced to live in squalor by Miss Minchin, the greatest thing that can ever be equated with the young lass would be humility. She teaches others to accept their situation with the brightness of a young one.


The power of a child’s imagination is important in such a work. Sara begins with stories that she tells to her friends in the boarding school and later to Becky, about historical places when they don’t want to be within Miss Minchin, where her characteristics of a little princess: noble-hearted and generous.


When you think about A Little Princess, you’d think of an erstwhile youth replete with pedigree. Sara is made of little instances and a drive for life which also signifies her freedom and her magnanimity. A princess is a princess and Sara shows her readers the consequences of good deeds (such as the giving out of hot buns to a beggar) and later offering to keep all hungry children well fed and well-kept.

Learning is one of the important things that one learns when being with someone like Sara Crewe. You learn about being hopeful and giving back to others even if you aren’t treated a certain way, which makes Sara the owner of her titular role to the full.

Even Sara’s friends learn on the way. Miss Minchin is a complex character who has strong ties to the school that she feels is her responsibility to run well. She does not let anything get in the way of what she feels is in it’s [school’s] best interest. She overcomes her pride in the end, and offers Sara an opening in the school and displays her nurturing qualities and jealous protectiveness. Lavinia displays her acceptance of a rival in the form of Sara, Becky shows her industriousness in work which inspires Sara to perform well in her duties. Peter is just as humble as Sara and remains an upbeat child and an inspirational character. Miss Amelia, Miss Minchin’s sister, retains her womanly virtuous persona and is even more nurturing than Miss Minchin, albeit in a different way.

Emily is Sara Crewe’s doll. It represents her life before the boarding school and is an emblem of her and the struggle for learning as Sara can mold Emily into the doll that she wants, just like the boarding school can turn Sara into any type of woman it can conceive. The doll remains loyal to Sara whatever the circumstance, and so it persists in accompanying the heroine throughout her adventures. And one remarkable line from Sara echoes “every girl is a princess.” In this line, she asserts that one can be a ‘princess’ by living nobly. Miss Minchin reacts so much with this, she feels that Sara is just thinking of make-believe stories and neglects to see the present cruel world. Their conversations leave imprints of profound lessons that we can actually take from.

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