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Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree Analysis

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The gnarly brown obelisk with its wide spreading frail branches stands mute, gray and lifeless in a quiet retreat. It's thick and dense branches and leaves, that once yielded a pleasant shade were stripped off, leaving its limbs barren and jagged. As even the birds no longer favored the dry and brittle tree for shelter, the weak tree, lonely and yearning for love, waits patiently for the boy to return.
The Giving Tree is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. To recap this book, a boy takes advantage of a pushover tree who does not have an opinion of her own to fill his necessitous conditions The young boy first starts off by eating her apples and using her for shade when he was tired. But as the boy grows older
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“But the boy stayed away for a long time....and the tree was sad.” The tree’s happiness and bliss is entirely depended on the boy. Although many are sad when they are not with someone they love, the tree can’t find her happiness without the boy and is portrayed to be lonely all throughout the book without the boy. Another one of her weakness also starts to show as the story goes on. “And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away. And the tree was happy.” The tree cannot say reject the boy on his offers. She is willing to give everything she has for the boy. “And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away. And the tree was happy... but not really.” Although by the end of the story the tree is merely an old stump, the boy still asks the tree for a quiet place to sit and rest. Some may portray the giving tree to be strong due to her strong character, of giving something without expecting something in return. Although loving someone unconditionally is important the tree doesn’t learn to stop. The boy and tree have a similar relationship as to a parent and its child. The difference between the two is that a parent knows when it is enough. Parents set boundaries and rules for their child in order to be self-reliant later in life. The tree, however, gave everything away freely developing a weak character in the boy
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