Shel Silverstein and The Giving Tree

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The boy then visits again asking the tree for a house so he can have a family; the tree then gives the boy her branches to provide what he wants. However, the boy does not stay, he wonders off into his own world with the tree’s branches. As the boy comes back once again the tree is just as happy as before, and although so much time has gone by and the tree has aged she still offers him the same joys he once had as a child. The boy however does not seem interested in playing in leaves instead he has another purpose for being there. “I want a boat that will take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?” Being like a mother figure the tree gives the boy the only thing she can think of, her trunk, in hopes that this will eave the boy happy. “And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away, And the tree was happy…but not really.” This shows the tree as sad for once again giving the boy something he wanted, leaving her with less and now she finds it hard to be happy for the boy. In the very last seen an old man comes back to the tree, as a reaction the tree exclaims that she can not give the boy anything anymore, she has no leaves and no branches. She tells him that all she is now is an old stump. “ ‘I don’t need very much now,’ Said the boy. ‘Just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.’” As the old man tells the tree that all he needs now in life is the simple pleasure of relaxing the tree sees an opportunity to gain back everything

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