Franz thinks," will they make them sing in German, even the pigeons?"What could this mean?
This mean that the pigeons have there own language "coo" so they can't sing this in different language .so franz was thinking that would germans make the pigeons to sing in german. He says that the prussian will not be able to impose rules on the animals as they do on humans
Franz wondered whether they would even make the pigeons sing in German, he uses it as a metaphor to mean that the French language was as natural to them as cooing was to the pigeon and robbing them of their right to speak in their own tongue and forcing the German language on them would call for unnatural practice.
Alphonse Daudet’s ‘The Last Lesson’ very prominently raises the question of linguistic and cultural hegemony of the colonial and imperial powers and their lust for controlling the world and influencing their cultures and identities. Prussians acquired the districts of Alsace and Lorraine in Franco-Prussian War , but they were not satisfied with mere political domination ,they desired to enforce their own language on the people of the defeated nation. They released the order that from now German would be taught in schools rather than French. Franz wondered whether they would make even pigeons sing in German. It means that they had grown up using French as their language and now snatching away their language from them would be unfair and unkind. The language was as natural to them as cooing is to the pigeon. So, compulsion to speak another language is like dominating the force of nature and enslaving it. As it is next to impossible to alter the way pigeons sing, in the same way it is difficult for people to accept a language which is forcibly imposed on them. Adopting a new language causes pain and discomfort. Or This sentence could possibly mean that however hard the authorities try to embed German language in the culture of Alsace and Lorraine, the natural status of French, for them, will remain unchanged. French flows in the air and the entire place is imbued with its effect. Even though they train students in German, the basic mode of communication would remain unchanged like the cooing of the pigeons.
It is a metaphor used by the author to express the dire condition of the people of Alsace. It draws a contrast between the freedom of birds and humans. Pegion being a simple bird has her freedom in talking in her own language i .e. cooing. but the so called most superior organisms in earth i. e. Humans are being deprived of talking in their own language.
This comment of Franz shows a french man's typical reaction to the imposition of learning German, the language of the conquerors.Being deprived of the learning of mother tongue would mean cutting of all bonds with the motherland.Teaching the peigons to sing in German indicates how far the Germans would go in their attempts of linguistic chauvinism.
The people had grown up using French as their language and now snatching away their language from them indicated how far the prussians would go in their attempts of linguistic chauvinism. The language was as natural to them as cooing is to the pigeons. Thus, the compulsion to speak another language is like dominating the force of nature and enslaving it.
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It tells us about the Frenchman love for their country and language.this love is in their blood and cannot be finished as long as they live.one can enslave their body but cannot the spirit. You can't make a bird sing in another bird's voice. Similarly you can't make a Frenchman love another nation's language over and above his language
Franz was really unhappy when he heard that from the next day german would be imposed in them, and this is the command from Berlin. They can't learn or speak their own mother tongue that's French.. When he saw the pigeons cooing on the roof he thought whether they will make pigeons sing in german too.. But.. At the same time it is a fact that no one can control the power of nature. Prussians may impose their language on the French people but they can not impose it on pigeons. They can dominate the humans by their powers, but they are no one to dominate the nature's power.. Even if they control the whole world geographically, but they cannot rule the nature.. They can force the humans to do whatever they want, but they are no one to order the nature what is have to do...
Franz's remark is quite revealing. powerful German can impose German language on the French speaking people. but they cannot impose German on the pigeons who are cooing on the roof .they can enslave people of alasce and Lorraine. they cannot have any authority over their feelings .they cannot compel pigeons cooing in German. 😊😊