Summary of the chapter The frog and the nightingale
This poem is all about the frog's cunningness and nightangel's foolishness
The allegorical poem The Frog and the Nightingale by Vikram Seth conveys the thought that if you want to succeed you must have self confidence in your abilities even if you are exceptionally talented. It talks about how inspired and influenced by someone much unknown and strange is indeed a foolish work. There is a dominance of iambic meter with a regular rhyme scheme of aabb.The poem begins with the introduction of the frog's croaking. Instances of alliteration like 'awn and awn and awn' exemplify the unbearable behaviour of the frog who lived in the bog and boasted about himself. He was a frog full of ego and joy because of which he was undaunted by people's ways of persuasion to stop croaking. Nothing could diminish the determination with which he croaked, neither insults nor complaints.Next part of the poem introduces a nightingale and her melodious voice in the bog. She left the frog awestruck and gaping with wonder. She received a lot of compliments from everyone residing in the bog. Here we see the nightingale's flaw for the first time when she seems to be quite easily influenced by everybody's compliments and sings till dawn without pause. This weakness of her to be swayed away by what people said about her proved fatal.Angered by the praises she received the frog told the bird that he owned the sumac tree. When she asked reviews on her singing, the frog commented that it wasn’t bad but was too long and lacked force. Claiming himself to be the best singer in the Bog he asked the nightingale to take lessons from him. The nightingale agreed to this as she was already greatly overwhelmed that such a critic had discussed her song. This chapter also teaches us how innocence can be fatal. Many people in the human society also try to take advantage of the innocence or ignorance of the people. Thus, one should always be wise while judging the other. The frog misrepresented the entire fact saying that alone the bird would remain just a mere “beginner” while under his guidance she would become a “winner” for which he would charge her fees fairly modest.All this inspired the nightingale a great deal and extremely pleased with confidence she started singing for which the frog started charging money from the animals who flocked towards the bog from far and wide. The frog keeps tempting her more and she, flattered by applause, goes on dawn till dusk and beyond.The frog kept provoking her to sing more, even when the weather was unsuitable. Even after the denials of the nightingale the frog forced her to sing.All this royalty was observed and enjoyed by the frog with joy that was both sweet and bitter.Even after all this success, merely to subdue and torture the nightingale the frog kept scolding her on petty things and told her to practice more. He rebuked her for not earning good money, especially when she still owed him sixty shillings.She became pale and sorrowful, sleep deprived and uninspired. Her voice grew hoarse and she could sing no more. This infuriated the frog.At last, the frog's anger gains momentum till the point he tortures her to “puff out your lung with your passion.” This frightened the bird a lot and she trembled and puffed up till the point when she burst a vein and died. Even after her death, the attitude of the frog didn't change. He remained proud and rather rebuked the nightingale for being too nervous, stupid and prone to prone to influence. He emphasises on how "one's beauty is one's own".
Once upon a time there was a frog who lived under the sumac tree in the bingle bog.All the creatures of the bingle bog hum because of his hoarse voice.One day the nightingale came and sat on the sumac tree(where frog dwell)and started singing in her melodious and beautiful voice.All the creatures of bingle bog appreciate her.One day the frog inttrupt her and said that he is the owner of this tree and a very famous personality of the bingle bog also a great music critic as well as good trainer.
Once upon a time there was a fog which lived at the foot of the sumac tree in the bingle bog.from there he used to croak every night.his voice was very rough and unpleasant.every creature of the bingle bog disliked his voice.they tried their level best to stop him from croaking.but they were not able to stop him from croaking.on a moonlit night a nightangle came and sat on the sumac tree and started to sing song in a melodies tone.