Throughout history, Sirens have symbolized temptation. They are known to have lured and tempted sailors to their doom with their singing. The significant theme of temptation is present in an epic known as The Odyssey, a poem “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood, a song “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons, and a painting “Ulysses and the Sirens” by John William Waterhouse. However, because they are different forms of art, they are portrayed in various interpretations (Introductory Subordinate Clause). The epic The Odyssey by Homer and “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood can be compared through visual imagery.
Odysseus, from “The Odyssey” and Margaret Atwood, author of “Siren Song” portray the sirens differently in their excerpts. In Homers’ classical epic, Odysseus’ classical tone and chauvinistic point of view exhibits that the sirens can be conquered, whereas, Atwood’s modern tone and feminist point of view suggest the sirens to be more insidious. Odysseus, in the custom of Greek Heroes, is able to overcome the sirens through
Violence, Language, and History Throughout the poem “Leda and the Swan”, William Butler Yeats retells the story of the Greek God Zeus, who takes the form of a swan in order to seduce the impeccable woman Leda. Typically, in the Greek culture the swan is thought as birds with beauty and grace with the symbolization of elegance and peacefulness (Baurelein). This is ironic because the use of the swan could have been used as a disguise for the Greek God Zeus. Yeats wanted the reader to understand the Greek background in order to get a full understanding of the poem while reading as he references to the Greek Mythology many times. Leda gets taken advantage of throughout the poem by the swan and Yeats demonstrates this through the vocabulary, violence, and the History of the Greek mythology.
Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Song” Interpretation In the Greek mythology and in Homer’s Odyssey, the Sirens are featured as a trio of monsters who are known to drown sailors with their song. The sailors, lured by the Siren’s beautiful singing, jump off their ship and eventually drown, drift to shore, and then get consumed by the monsters. Margaret Atwood’s “Siren Song” talks from the perspective of one of the sirens - which one, we do not know - and develops the character and personality of the Siren, giving a commentary about masculinity and heroism as well. The Sirens have always been seen as monsters in literature and usually the Sirens are featured as a group, not individually. Margaret Atwood uses the freedom as a writer to make this poem
The difference in the portrayal of the Sirens in these two pieces of writing are huge, one being the original text, mythical and suspenseful, the other being a satirized adaptation, depicting the Sirens as normal people in “Bird costumes”, bored and lonely. In Homer’s text, the vivid imagery and tone set the scene for a suspenseful and dangerous adventure; Odysseus encounters the deadly mythical beings and manages to survive their horrible song. Homer sets the scene with a dark and serious tone,
Crime of Innocence William Butler Yeats’ poem, “Leda and the Swan” is a dark tale that originated from the Greek myth in which Zeus takes the form of a swan to seduce the beautiful woman, Leda. The swan is traditionally symbolized as beauty and grace in Greek culture (pure spirit). Yeats uses the representation of a swan as an illusion to set the tone of the poem, where the readers would expect the swan as a protagonist. Contrarily, the swan revealed to be the antagonist. The speaker uses abstract words that appeared less destructive than the actuality happening as well as a double meaning in his writing.
Food Temptation in “The Odyssey” There are millions of people living around the world. Although they live in different places, one of the things all of these people can relate to is the feeling of temptation. Whether it is the temptation to tell a secret or to cheat on an exam, everyone in the world has felt that feeling. This definitely applies to literature as well. In The Odyssey by Homer, the temptation of food leads to punishment, and as discussed by Nicole Smith in her essay “Food Images and Temptation in The Odyssey”, this temptation and its consequences are seen in “Sailing From Troy”, “The Cyclops”, and “The Lotus-Eaters”.
When relief of grief doesn’t come the image of the bird changes to a prophet possibly sent from the devil. “Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore – Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore. :( line 93-95).” He believed that a bird was a.. Edgar Allan Poe needed a “normal” to show what is not normal. If the bird was also crazy this would make both
The depth that these Greeks would go through to explore the different myths and tales of the gods they would travel widely to hear exciting tales about the perils of travel and exploration. An example is, Odysseus was facing dangers at the straits of Messina in Italy and Heracles traveled widely during his labors, including to distant Atlas Mountains in north Africa. Myths are tales that have been passed down through ages of gods, goddesses, monsters, and adventure. These myths are either known for their culture and perhaps for the most exciting tales told. To the Greeks myths were more than just accounted of exciting occurrences, it was more of their religion that they fully trusted with full faith and believed in its marvelous history.
In the first stanza, she describes the nightingales as being “loud”, which is odd and even off-putting since nightingales are known for their beautiful songs (The Kingfisher). Immediately following this, she says that the peacocks are “screaming”, and again she uses “scream” in reference to the noise made by the bellbird in stanza three (The Kingfisher). In Reisman’s analysis of Clampitt’s piece, she concludes that these sounds are used to symbolize human pain (Canfield Reisman, Rosemary M.). In the second stanza of the same poem, a kite is mentioned in reference to the “hauling down” of “the Firebird” (The Kingfisher). The couple in the poem is experiencing a quarrel, and the kite, a fairly feeble object, is said to be “flown for as long as the wind is favorable” and represents the fact that human love tends to be conditional (Canfield Reisman, Rosemary M.).
This is a comparison to (“O’. Brother where art thou?”). Pete, another man who fell under the spell ended up not so lucky. In relation to both of these items there 's many different ways the sirens can have effect on people as in (Atwood). Odysseus would like to explore the sounds of the sirens, and Circe gives advice to him on how to deal with them.
Homer’s Odyssey, a Greek epic poem, introduces mythological creatures, like the sirens, to an audience that becomes highly influenced and mesmerized by these creatures that it inspired new piece of literature. For example, Margaret Atwood dedicates a whole poem to the sirens, which is the first mentioned in The Odyssey as creatures that lures sailors to their death, but ,unlike the Odyssey, it is written in the point of view of the sirens. Even though the depiction of the sirens are distinct and told in different point of view, both pieces of writing, Homer’s Odyssey and Atwood’s “ Siren Song”, have similar elements of cleverness. Homer describes Odysseus as wise, which is a characteristic needs to help the crew escape disasters and deaths.