The Sirens are portrayed differently in Homer’s The Odyssey and Atwood’s “Siren Song.” Their use of diction is eloquently written with different tones and point of view. With this, they deliver two stories of the Sirens. In The Odyssey, tone is extremely critical. Written in Odysseus’ point of view, the Sirens are creatures set to kill sailors. His frantic tone sets the image of the Sirens being monsters and villainous.
In The Odyssey, Sirens symbolize the personal temptation that Odysseus has to face; they attempt to seduce him by mimicking the same promise of understanding that home has to offer but without the labor required of the journey. Initially, they are introduced as merely being the transfixing, alluring seductresses that they are most known for. But through analyzation of the text and further reading, it is worthy of mentioning that there is more to Sirens then we make out to be. Sirens seduce men through their spellbinding songs and their psychological manipulation tactics. As Odysseus prepares to leave Circe’s island, she warns him about the monsters he will face on his journey home.
The allusion to the Sirens from Greek mythology in “Song to the Siren” and “Sirens Song” is included to show the detrimental effects of deceit and allurement on humans today, as well as the simplicity in manipulating them. The song “Sirens Song” is describing how a prostitute lures men in towards them by their beauty. It displays that “All he needed was to hear what was in front of him/ A song sang too many times” (Miss May I). The allusion to the Sirens exemplifies the level of deceit and manipulation that the harlot used on the man. Similarly to the Sirens, the harlot will cause harm and bring danger to the man she is tricking, showing how humans are just as easy to manipulate today as they were thousands of years ago.
The idea that sirens are intoxicating but indesirable is continued in “Sirens Song” by the band, Miss May I. A section of the first stanza reads “A harlot caught his eye/ Over the queen he had/ the queen by her side”(Miss May I). These three lines would indicate that the ‘queen’ is the speaker and the ‘harlot’ is a woman competing with her for a man. The ‘queen’s’ pain is expressed when she says “Oh what a siren can do to a man with open ears”(Miss May I). Connecting the dots, the poem is about a man that was with a woman, but was ensnared by another woman.
Odysseus always wanted to be the man who did what no man could do. This is very apparent in “The Odyssey” and “Siren Song”, two different works by two different authors in two different formats all about the same story. Odysseus deliberately faced the Siren’s death trap so that he could feel like a better man than any other. The Odyssey and Siren Song have very contrasting perspectives on the sirens intentions. In The Odyssey, Homer uses a very dramatic tone with vivid imagery when describing the Siren’s “ravishing voices” and the “chafing rope” used to bind Odysseus.
The poem communicates the idea that humans are stupid. Both "The Odyssey"and the "Siren Song" is a work of literature, however in "The Odyssey" the focus is on resolving the problem of the sirens, no different than any other obstacle. "The Odysseus" and the "Siren Song" both illustrate similar themes. Similarly, the sirens ask the victim to "help
The Odyssey written by Homer and the Siren Song, by Margaret Atwood both use imagery, symbolism, different tones and different point of view to depict Sirens. The Odyssey surrounds a man who hears the Sirens song, but uses different tactics to survive it, although the Siren Song is written as if the written is a siren trying to prey on the readers. The difference of narrators tells the story of the Sirens in two very different
In Margaret Atwood’s poem, “Siren Song” she says, “Come closer. This song is a cry for help: Help me! Only you, only you can, you are unique” (21-24). This part of the poem shows the siren trying to seduce the man or audience. Romare Bearden’s artwork, “The Sirens’ Song”, also show the sirens being seductive and this is seen by the more pose attracting pose they are doing.
Odysseus explains his encounter with the Sirens through the use of his own words and point of view. This first person point of view allows the audience to experience the expectation and preparation of a one on three confrontation with the three mythical characters. He portrays them as a sort of contradiction between the beautifully magical and all things destructive and horrid. By using diction, Odysseus enforces this and uses phrases such as “thrilling song” and “honeyed voices,” to describe the Sirens song, setting them up against the images of a rocky sea with “whitecaps.” Likewise, there is evidence of the conflicting nature of the Sirens with the rhythm of the phrase “Sirens sensed at once a ship” and the dissonance of the phrase “Come
The Odyssey and the poem "Siren Song" both portray sirens ;however, in The Odyssey, the focus is on resolving the "problem" of the sirens, no differently than any other obstacle on his journey, whereas "Siren Song" focuses on the siren as more than merely an obstacle.They share, however, the preying of the siren upon hubris and the desire to be special, as well as, by what happens, illustrating the allure of the sirens in the spite of the pain that may be suffered to get there. The Odyssey initially describes the actions of Odysseus much more than the sirens.The beginning discussion does describe the sirens at all;it merely states that they were approaching the island of the sirens, and then for the first ten lines it does not even begin to consider the sirens.Instead, the text talks about the actions of Odysseus who "sliced an ample wheel of beeswax [...] and I stopped the ears of my comrades one by one".Indeed, the only understanding of the sirens comes from their speech; this perspective originates from the Odyssey's point of view.Unlike "Siren Song," The Odyssey's focuses on the person who opposes the sirens, Odysseus, more than the sirens themselves.This leads to the Sirens lacking any special quality that would make them any different than any obstacle there is noting personal about them.This is in contrast "Siren Song," which focuses almost exclusively on the siren.The