What is the "Tale of a Toad and a Rose"?
The plot of the work of VM Garshin "Tales of a Toad and a Rose" is quite simple. But before you understand the depth of the author's thoughts, it is worthwhile to tell what the "Tale of a Toad and a Rose" is about.
Let's take a look at the summary. The toad and the rose lived in the same abandoned flower garden. A small boy used to play in the garden, but now that the rose blossomed, he lay in bed and was dying. A negative toad at night was hunting, and lay among the flowers in the daytime. The smell of a beautiful rose irritated her, and she decided to eat it. Rosa was very afraid of her, because she did not want to die like this. And the moment she almost reached the flower, the boy's sister went to cut a rose to give her a sick child. The girl tossed the insidious toad. The boy, having inhaled the aroma of the flower, died. Rose stood at his coffin, and then it was dried in a book.
Fairy tale analysis
Now let's try to make a short analysis of the fairy tale. Toad and rose are two opposites: terrible and beautiful. A lazy and disgusting toad, with its hatred for everything high and beautiful, and the rose as the embodiment of good and joy, are an example of the eternal struggle of two opposites - good and evil.
We see this from the way the author selects epithetsto the description of each heroine. The rose is associated with everything beautiful, sublime, spiritual. The toad represents the manifestation of low human qualities: laziness, stupidity, greed, fury.
According to the author's idea of a fairy tale, evil is nevercan conquer good, and beauty, both external and internal, will save our world filled with various human defects. In spite of the fact that at the end of the work both the rose and the flower-loving boy die, but their departure causes though sad and slightly bright feelings among the readers, since they both loved the beautiful.
In addition, the death of the flower brought the lastthe joy of a dying child, she brightened up the last moments of his life. And the rose herself was glad that she was dead, doing good, most of all she was afraid of accepting death from a vile toad that hated her with all her inner being. And only for that we can be grateful to a beautiful and noble flower.
Thus, this short tale teaches readers to strive for beauty and kindness, to ignore and avoid evil in all its manifestations, to be beautiful not only from the outside, but also, above all, in the soul.