Research on the Sirens. The Sirens’ mythology originated from this culture: The hybrid nature of the Sirens is that they consists of two parts. Describe these two parts.
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November 14, 2013
“It’s a Gender Thoughts Thursday!”
1. The Sirens’ mythology originated from this culture:
THE SIRENS ORIGINATED FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY.
2. The hybrid nature of the Sirens is that they consists of two parts. Describe these two parts.
THE SIRENS ARE PART WOMAN, PART BIRD.
3. While the Sirens often lured sailors to their deaths, at least two different men are responsible for allowing their fellow sailors to pass by the Sirens safely. Who were they?
The two sailors were ODYSSEUS and ORPHEUS.
1. Write a short personal reflection about how the criticism affected your interpretation of the story.
2. Which school of criticism did you find most applicable to The Giving Tree?
3. Which school of criticism interests you the most? Why?
The female tree can be interpreted as Mother Earth, or simply a mother, sustaining the dominant male first with enjoyment and food and later with the means to provide shelter and transportation.
When the boy is young, he is content simply to play with the tree: climbing up her trunk, gathering her apples, and sleeping in her shade. However, as he grows older, he becomes increasingly demanding of the tree’s resources. He is no longer content to enjoy the tree’s company, but rather he seeks the tree for financial and materialistic gain.
Man is dependent on nature for survival: the man systematically destroys the tree in order to get what he wants in order to be happy.
The tree—with her branches, her trunk, and her apples—is the giver of life, reiterating the archetype of nature as provider for man.