Cutting down the tree represents a new beginning for Melinda it gets rid of the old worn out “dying parts” and replaces it with a clean slate. One example from the text is “He's not chopping it down. He's saving it. Those branches were long dead from disease. All plants are like that. By cutting off the damage, you make it possible for the tree to grow again. You watch--by the end of summer, this tree will be the strongest on the block."(187). This quote directly correlates to Melinda because her “tree” will be the strongest on the block because she will regain herself confidence that she once had before the incident. Now rather than having the whole school frown upon Melinda she has the entire schools sympathy and support. Since, Melinda has revealed what happened at the incident now everything will change positively. Another incident of growth in Melinda was when Melinda finishes her drawing of the tree on the last day of school. Melinda's tree finally is able to grow fundamentally and also in real life. Melinda states “My tree is definitely breathing little shadow breaths like it just shot up through the ground this morning”(196.) Her tree does finally grow in her art class but the major point is now she can breath. She can grow again rather than being stuck in her own thoughts all alone. Now she has support and the foundations to make her tree finally
The look of the tree is compared to the old man by the use of personification. Although the man knew that the tree had to be much stronger because if the man took the trees place he wouldnít be able to stand alone.
Throughout the text, Michael mentions the snow. Considering the book’s about a blizzard, that’d be normal, right? However, in my view, the snow symbolizes something, like dreadful times. Scattered around, the context surrounding the snow can be interpreted as how you feel during those times. For example, later in the book, when the students realize just how bad it is, they explain it as, “There was no higher ground, no place left for us to go”(Northrop 158). Here, a relation to people feeling as if there’s nowhere else to go, so they’re trapped in the horrible event occurring can be made. Results tend to be mourning over those poor times in people’s lives. Similarly, Michael connects that to how we view bad situations. Early on in the book, description of the snow is showed as it being “small flakes”, “like grains of sugar… the flakes had fattened up and
| “This was the tree, and it seemed to me standing there to resemble those men, the giants of your childhood, whom you encounter years later and find that they are not merely smaller in relation to your growth, but that they are…shrunken by age.” Ch. 1, Pg. 14
People should buy fake trees instead of going to cut down a real one. Plants go through photosynthesis and give off oxygen. They also give us fruit and vegetables (food). Plants also help us making new seeds that will create new plants for the future. Real trees also go through photosynthesis and give off oxygen, food, and new seeds.
b. The snow symbolizes Ann’s depression. Cold is obviously associated with snow, which is how Ann feels about the cold. In reference to the text, Ann says “Wad something along the window sills to keep out the drafts. Then I’ll feel brighter. It’s the cold that depressed.” The depression is resulted from Ann’s isolation and she is always trying to fix it. A lot of the times in the story the snowy cold drafts creep through the window sill and makes Ann feel even more depressed.
The tree represents Gene’s growth in maturity and age from being a teenager who is frightened by the magnitude of the tree to an adult who looks at it as unthreatening and small. Whilst revisiting the tree as an adult, Gene utters that the tree reminds him of the enemies of childhood that, once faced again, seem insignificant (14). When Gene is reflecting upon the first time he jumped off of the tree, he states the tree “flooded [Gene] with a sensation of alarm all the
Oh, you don't know too much about trees, do you? Well let me tell you that trees are amazing, and I mean, we literally breathe the air they are creating, and they clean up our pollution, our carbon, store and purify water, give us medicine that cures ours diseases and food that feeds us.
Trees represent life because they aren’t simple, trees are large and strong, their roots are in the ground and its leaves sway in the sky. At first, Melinda’s life was as solid as the tallest tree in the world, the Hyperion. “This was the girl who suffered though Brownies with me, who
It starts of with them heading off into the forest during a snow storm. Snowy weather and the forest don't mix. Its a recipe for disaster, walking five feet and your foot prints are already covered with fresh snow. Not only does the snow give off a cold vibe, but the forest does too. It isn't that uncommon for people to get lost in the woods especially during a snowstorm. Something that was anticipated throughout the whole story. Also the setting kinda plays on there emotions and how they act towards each other cold and bitter. The author really makes you question if there going to make it out of the forest
“He’s not chopping it down. He’s saving it. Those branches were long dead from a disease. All plants are like that. By cutting off the damage, you make it possible for the tree to grow again. You watch—by the end of summer, this tree will be the strongest on the block” (187). Melinda’s disease to an unhealthy tree was the silence of the rape. Melinda holding in the dreadful memory without telling anyone, kept her from becoming the tree she wanted to draw. Like removing the sick branches off to keep the tree healthy, Melinda had to speak up about the trauma. Once Melinda stood up for herself, the tree, which is actually her, can grow to its full
January Thaw describes the close of winter through a few signs: the melting of the snow, the wake-up of the hibernating skunk, the grieving of the mouse over his flooded tunnels, bundles of rabbit hair and their newfound “freedom from want and fear”.
The affect of environmental issues occur everyday and in particular deforestation is becoming a highly ranked subject. From animals to the human race, the alacrity of trees that are cut down affects every individual in a variety of ways. Not only do people need to help the planet but they need to help themselves and further generations to come, such as children and grandchildren because these natural resources that are being taken away from society are as well shaping the future. For comprehensible reasons, forests use to make up the world, until man made creatures started to destroy and destruct the most important supply to human kind which are trees. Trees are crucial to every living entity for the reason of providing oxygen to all.