Freneau has sent us, human beings, only one message in his beautiful literary work. He sees it as a vanity of vanities to cling to circumstances and, especially, the unfortunate situations in life. He gives us the example of an apple. This fruit is ever hanging in the branch on which it was borne, when the hostile winter season comes it shivers in cold and has no leaves to cover it as quoted in the poem. The writer says that in spite of the freezing snow, ice-cold frost, fast moving winds and long days and nights, the apple chooses to remain in its position.
This shows us, that some situations in life makes us feel hopeless, pessimistic and despair and in our weakness we tend to dwell on failure and despair instead of finding solutions to our problems and a way out of our desperate state. We should gather strength, shake off the past burdens and look into future with new strengths because, as it is said, the darkest hour is right before the dawn. In the poem this saying is supported by the fact that when the apple falls it rots and gives rise to new strong seedlings which grow into big trees.
Another important thing that the author indicates is that we cannot change the way the nature operates. In our apple case study, it is apparent that, even though the fruit remains hanging on the tree, one day it has to fall down, rot and grow into a new tree. In the same way, speaking about us, human beings, when our time comes, regardless of our social class or status in our society, – we have to die, because this is the law of the Mother Nature.
In conclusion the analogy of apple teaches us a lot; firstly, we cannot disobey the laws of nature and, secondly, there is no sense in clinging to our unfortunate circumstances in life. We should rise to the occasion and make things work out.