Parrot in the Cage from a Political Standpoint
Lekhnath Paudyal’s poem Parrot in the Cage, which captures the brutality of Rana rulers toward Nepali people, is a classic. This is a review on Parrot in the Cage, which portrays the Rana’s as the jailers and the Nepali people as parrots in cages. His poetry led him to prison. This poem is attempting to subtly depict the situation of the Nepali people under the Rana government. The Rana family has ruled over the Nepalese for 104 years. People were denied all forms of happiness, justice, and freedom during that time.
The parrot in the poem, Parrot in the Cage stands in for all of the oppressed people during the Rana dictatorship. It demonstrates how humans like inflicting agony on animals. It shows how Hindus pray to God in similar ways to the parrot in this poem, during trying times. The author describes and subtly criticizes the suffering the Rana’s inflicted upon the Nepalese people during their rule in the poem. Below is the review of Parrot in the Cage.
Analysis of Parrot in the Cage
While writing the review of Parrot in the Cage, I found the poem written from the perspective of a parrot in the cage. The parrot longs to return to nature, which is his true home. A parrot is in the cage and believes it is his destiny to be there. He cannot relax well in the cage and neither can he find peace. Even in his fantasy, he experiences oppression.
His real home is in the jungle, where his parents are. He is unable to even communicate his suffering to them from there. He claims that there are occasions when his eyes bulge from crying so much, and tears begin to fall. Even his spirit seems to fly away as he perceives himself to be a dead body.
He was a forest wanderer, who enjoyed eating fruit. He felt pleased when he was flying high. But, he is confined to a cage now. The parrot believed that his destiny was predetermined. He believes it to be his destiny in a peculiar and mysterious way. He believes that if he had taken a flight to another nation, he would not currently be trapped there. Nonetheless, his fate has now cast him into hell.
In the dense forest, there are cool waterways, plenty of shade, and delicious fruits. He feels that the affections of friends and family when eating and wandering together have come to an end. All of those things are now like dreams to him, and his only thought is one of fear. He speculates that his parents may have been missing him and maybe crying as a result of his passing. It’s possible that they frequently beat their breasts.
Fate separated him from his parents. He now sees his enemies everywhere. Perplexed he is. He cannot find anyone he can trust. He wonders what to do and to whom he should communicate his concerns or seek assistance. The parrot believes that the entire blue sky was once his field of flight. Now, it is a cage of narrow iron. He intends to destroy to regain his freedom.
His sharp beak is blunt, and the cage has put limits on his wings and feet. He wonders how long he will remain there. He feels heat and cold when he is alone and contemplative. And, he laments his fate when he observes children having fun.
He spends his days foolishly until he remembers what his fate has handed him. His heart rips as he sobs. When terror overtakes him, he looks up at the sky and declares that he wishes he could die. But sadly, that is not an option. He feels that he ought to pass away before the suffering gets intolerable. Even if he doesn’t want to drink it, they still give him water and stinky rice.
He feels as though fate has turned against him. His throat is dry, but the cage is tight and sharp. They force him to speak in front of others, which he despises. And, they poke him with a stick when he won’t speak.
They force the parrot to speak what they want to hear. He believes that he is a helpless being and that no one within the cage understands what he wants. He is in pain in his heart. Confined and compelled to converse with those around him. He laments the bitter pleasure his fate has given him.
He claims that in addition to giving him the ability to speak and reason, God also granted him an enclosure and the ability to threaten him. They like to torture him within the cage. He claims that people are engaging in sinful behaviors and breaking the law. He prays to God to release him and set him free.
How can exploiting someone until the bitter end be viewed as being kind to them? Humans are thoughtless about righteous things. He asks God to give this planet just to humans, not make any parrots at all. He asks God to grant him a position in heaven.
Conclusion of Parrot in the Cage
After reading the poem Parrot in the Cage, I learned how cruel the Rana’s were. People suffered severely during that time. Similarly, confined to the cage, the parrot is suppressed from his freedom. He is unable to perform any of his desired actions. Because we are superior humans, we should never restrict someone else’s freedom or right to live as they choose. Others’ lives are not within our power to direct. Simply by the review of Parrot in the Cage, it is cruel and brutal.
Millions of plants and animals call this world home. They all have the right to exist freely by following their hearts’ desires. This planet is not just for us, humans. After reading this poem, I have decided that I will always support the freedom of both humans and animals. We should never capture animals for our own pleasure or oppress any citizens in the name of the political system.
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