Le Chene et Le Roseau

Analysis of "Le Chene Et Le Roseau"
"Le Chene Et Le Roseau," a poem by Jean de La Fontaine, shows the contrast of the characters while moralizing about hidden strengths that are often overlooked or belittled.In this poem, the oak is personified as having a stubborn sense of strength, while the humble reed is represented as possessing the qualities of endurance, flexibility, and hidden strength.Fontaine teaches the reader his lesson through the use of nature by having the oak and the reed converse about their strengths.In the end the reed proves his point when the north wind uproots the oak, leaving it to die.
The theme of "Le Chene Et Le Roseau" is a universal one, easily recognized and understood by all.The poem's central idea is that strength is not necessarily size and power, but in adaptability, endurance, and flexibility.Fontaine illustrates the theme well in these lines: "L'arbre tient bon;le roseau plie.Le vent redouble ses efforts,et fait si bien qu'il déracine celui…"The poet further develops the theme with a moral which implies that humility is more important than pride.Fontaine places most emphasis on idea to help develop this moral.In the end, the pompous oak's strength is his weakness, while the humble reed's suppleness is his fortitude.
Jean de La Fontaine develops well the poem's mood, one of pity, compassion, and respect, through sensory images and descriptions of the characters.These lines: "Un roitelet pour vous est un pesant fardeau; " and "Le moindre vent qui d'aventure fait rider la face de l'eau, vous oblige â baisser la tete; ", as well as "La nature vous me semble bien injuste." illustrate the sentimental atmosphere of pity that the reader feels for the reed's struggle against relatively small difficulties.Although Fontaine succeeds in creating t…