The Giving Tree

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Literary Analysis on The Giving Tree The Giving Tree is a story about the relationship between a boy and a tree. When the boy was young, the tree and he became really good friends. The tree is like a provider for the boy and always gives him what he needs, such as vines to swing from, shade to sit in, apples to eat, branches to build a house, a trunk to build a boat and a stump to sit on. As the boy got older, the tree would allow the boy to mutilate her and take her branches, apples, and trunk. The tree let the boy take from her because she loved the boy and would give him anything. The Giving Tree had many different meanings, but there was the one that kids’ moms are willing to self-sacrifice for them and they take it for granted.…show more content…
This poem does not use a lot of figurative language. Shel Silverstein used refrain and personification and wrote it as a narrative poem. The refrain that Silverstein used in The Giving Tree was when the tree said, “Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches.” Another use of refrain was the line “And the tree was happy”. Silverstein probably used the line, “And the tree was happy,” to emphasize a point. He was likely pushing a point that a person that gives is happier than a person who is always taking, because the person who always takes always needs more.
The personification he used was when he gave the tree human qualities. The qualities that Silverstein gave the tree was the tree can talk, can give the boy things, it has emotions and the major thing that showed personification was the fact that Silverstein called the tree “her”. This gave the tree a gender.
This poem had many different meanings, but there was one that really stuck out to me. The meaning I took from The Giving Tree was the fact that moms, in general, are willing to give almost everything for their kids, in which usually leads to self-sacrificing and they do it in the knowledge that their kids will take it for granted. Moms would go out of their way to make their kids happy because they love them so much and they would continue to do this even when their kids don’t thank them. I think moms do it anyway because they know that as their kids get older, they will
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