John Steinbeck's The Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree (Topic Two)

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” -Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. Giving is one of the best possible actions that people can do. In the book The Giving Tree John Steinbeck teaches readers the importance of giving and how some people grow selfish and give nothing in return. The main character in The Giving Tree is a tree and a boy. The tree acts as a mother type figure to the boy because she loves the boy. During the book, the boy grows up and as the boy grows the tree gives more of itself to the boy as the boy leaves. Coming back and reading this book as a teenager it brightens my memory of the joy I had reading it as a kid. Now that I am older
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He wanted to get away, so the tree gave its whole trunk to the boy to make a canoe and leave. Running does not solve problems, confronting your problems is the only way to resolve them. They boy resolved his problems by finally going back to the tree and being with her. Another key point is to relax and cool down. They boy is always stressed out as an adult and never cools down. Until he grew old and the tree became his relaxing place. Cooling down and relaxing is like refreshing the page on the computer. You slow down and clear your mind. Which everyone needs in their life. Giving to your family, friends, or a charity is always does good in bringing happiness. Like my mom used to say “It is the thought that counts”.
If every book disappeared and I could save one I would save The Giving Tree by John Steinbeck. The book taught me how to act as a child and now shows many more deeper meanings now as a teenager. With this as the only book left lots and lots of people would read it and learn all of the right things to do. From treating each other right to knowing that you cannot run from your problems. The Giving Tree is one of my favorite books of all time and I love to read it so much. It brings me such joy everytime I read over the pages and gasp every time I find another hidden meaning. For whoever is reading this Thank
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