There are mainly 2 themes in the poem “The Frog and The Nightingale” written by Vikram Seth:
Importance of Self-Confidence
At the beginning of the poem, we come to know that the frog has full confidence in itself and is proud of its singing though it lacks the skills. And because of this confidence, nobody dares to stop him from singing though all of the animals hate it for disturbing them.
On the other hand, Nightingale has a quite charming and sweet voice and from the very first day, all the animals including the frog love its voice. The frog starts insecure. However, at their meeting, frog understands that nightingale lacks self-confidence and it is easy for it (frog) to exploit nightingale’s skills. First, he extracts money from it and finally leads it to its death.
Never Believe Anyone Easily
One of the grave blunders which nightingale commits is that it easily believes that frog is an angel for it and opens itself up before the frog. Having full confidence, it agrees to everything which the frog says. And finally meets its tragic end.
In the world, one can easily succeed but to retain that success it tougher. When one tries becoming successful, other people who are dominating the society try to discourage, exploit and ultimately kill their competitors. Hence one should never believe in anyone too easily.
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