Q. The frog, who was not at all talented, ruled in the end and the nightingale, who possessed the fineness and versatility of voice, died. Explain the irony of the statement, highlighting the values the frog should have possessed.
A. The frog, who was not at all talented, ruled in the end by dint of his cunningness and wickedness. He was jealous of the nightingale and hatched a plot to get rid of her. He was dismissive and condescending and treated the nightingale as a stupid creature. The irony in the statement is that the frog was the one who tried to teach the nightingale to sing differently. He did not let her song to be her own. On the other hand, the nightingale was a meek and submissive creature who lacked confidence. Her lack of judgment made her an easy prey to cunningness of the frog. Despite having the fineness and versatility of her voice, the nightingale met a fitting end as she was truly brainless. The frog philosophized that one’s song must be one’s own. One should realize his self-worth and should not think low of oneself.
Q. The poem, ‘The Frog and the Nightingale’ highlights the fact that lack of confidence can lead to disaster. Keeping this in mind, elaborate the statement ‘If you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you’.
A. ‘If you accept yourself, the whole world accepts you’ teaches us that one should exercise one’s reasoning without letting others lead us blindly. If one has self-confidence the one can win the whole world. Without self-confidence, nobody can succeed in life. You can hold the infinity into your palm only if you have the confidence in you. In the context of the poem, the nightingale was herself responsible for her downfall and death, because she did not have faith in her ability and did not have the brain to realize the enormity of her talent.
Q. It is the nightingale’s gullible nature that brings about its death. Comment.
A. The nightingale believed blindly whatever the frog told in his appreciation. She never tried to know the fact. She failed to look through the conspiracy of the frog. Being credulous, she came to the conclusion that the frog was a better singer. So, she herself was responsible for her death.
Q. What message does the poet wish to give in the poem.
A. Credulous and docile people always suffer in this world. Owing to the lack of self-confidence, they are always misguided by others, and they always suffer disaster ultimately. The Nightingale never knew her virtues. She could not realize that she was far better than the frog. So, the crafty frog exploited her and caused her death.
Q. The Nightingale placed her blind trust in the frog but he exploited her. With reference to the poem elaborate on the statement ‘Betrayal always come from those whom you trust.’
A. Being credulous and docile and simple-hearted, the Nightingale trusted the frog blindly. She never tried to verify whatsoever was boasted of by the frog. She regarded him Mozart and asked him to evaluate her song. But the frog was an epitome of avarice and evil. He was cunning, crafty and a shameless bully. Her blind avarice for earning made the Nightingale sing for long hours and tired her to death. So, it was indeed a betrayal of trust. In a real-life situation, we happen to see several examples of betrayal. Those who trust other blindly are considered foolish. Greedy people start making use of them as such people are considered to be so gentle and tolerant. So, the treacherous fellow betrays such credulous and timid people easily in their own interest.
Q. What is the irony in the statement of the frog when he says, “That your song must be your own”?
A. The Nightingale had been singing her song since her arrival in the Bingle Bog. It was the frog who impressed her cunningly and persuaded her for training. He started exploiting her did not allow her to take a risk. He compelled her to sing louder and louder. It was the part of his conspiracy that caused her death. Later on, the frog himself told that she must not have changed her way of singing.
Q. Nightingale was responsible for her own fate. Explain.
A. The nightingale was timid, credulous and brainless. She lacked confidence and was a poor judge of herself. She failed to see through the evil designs of the crafty and heartless frog. She was prone to betrayal, and she allowed the heartless frog to intimidate and dominate her. Being submissive, she could not oppose the frog.
Q. ‘The Frog and the Nightingale’ is a symbolic poem. What lessons do you learn from it?
A. For survival and success, one must have certain qualities. One must be able to protect one’s interest as well as one’s life. Credulous people are always misguided by others. Those people who lack confidence always suffer. we must not be docile. People may get advantages of this quality of ours. It is absolutely true that our self-image is often based on what people start using us. The need of the of the time is that one must imbibe those qualities that can protect us from the conspiracy and exploiting attitude of the heartless and cunning people. There is no end of the avarice of such people. We ourselves will have to know how to protect our interests through the Nightingale was superior to the frog in many aspects, the frog exploits her and was even responsible for her death.
- The Frog – The is portrayed as totally opposite to that of the nightingale. The frog is shown to be irritating, proud and disdainful. As we see, he is boastful of a talent he doesn’t possess. He sings loudly in a coarse, harsh voice that disturbs everyone. Everyone in the jungle hates him. But all this doesn’t affect him. The frog also feels jealous of nightingale’s popularity. He is also very cruel and greedy as he forces the poor nightingale to sing day and night without taking rest in order to make more money. He was not liked by anyone in the jungle.