What sirens offer is the deadly song to the men, and what men perceive is the allure of the siren. The “fatal” side of the trio is the song produced by the three sirens on the island apparently causes the death of the men. But to the siren, the song is the thing she can only produce, and this only means of communication becomes the sole approach she calls for help for release, which is valuable to her. The paradox of deaths of mortals and the wish of salvation exists throughout the whole poem. Metaphorically, such paradox blurs the motivation of the siren, because the siren wants to get help from the sailors, and what baffles most is whether the siren gives sailors death out of true
They both utilize stratagem in order to achieve their goals. In the Odyssey, Odysseus outwits the Sirens by enabling beeswax in the ears of his men, and he gets tied to the ship. In the “Siren Song,” the Siren misleads the listener of the song by saying that they have importance to them and that they are unique but essentially they are nothing because they get killed in the end. Both passages reveal a common interest, which is to deceive something to achieve a goal. While both Homer and Atwood portray the Sirens in comparable ways, they have differing attitudes toward escaping and the song itself.
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
They were creatures with the body of a bird and the face of a women. They waited for passing ships and with their music they made sailors leap overboard to their doom. In the painting Ulysses and the Sirens, by John William Waterhouse uses the idea that the men are enhanced, mesmerized by the Sirens surrounding them as they continue working, trying to avoid their cry for help to show that people will go to great measures to get what they want, while in the poem “Siren Song,” by Margaret Atwood uses the same scene to show that people will only go as far as to help themselves. By analyzing the
Clearly, they both display a tempting scene but also a dark one (Opening Adverb). Obviously, they differ because in The Odyssey, Odysseus knows how to handle the temptation from the the Sirens, and in “Siren Song” the speaker talks about how men see the beached skulls but still let the tempation control, resulting in their death. Another example is when Odysseus explaining how the Sirens sound and he says, “The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen, and I tried to say ‘Untie me!’ to the crew, jerking my brows; but they bent steady the oars” (Homer 752-755). Also, in “Siren Song” the Siren talks about what she sings and explains, “This song/ is a cry for help: Help me!/ Only you, only you can,/ you are unique/ at last. Alas/ it is a boring song/ but it works every time” (Atwood 21-27).
The Siren’s beauty and voice cause the sailors to abandon their ship even when there are obvious indications telling them that they should not. In “Siren Song,” Atwood utilizes diction and irony to portray man’s greatest weakness: the temptation of women. The author’s use of diction and word choice emphasizes how the irresistibility of women for men can essentially lead to their downfall. The Siren begins the poem by describing the type of song they sing that draws men into their deadly grasp. She explains how “the song /…is irresistible” (Atwood 2-3).
Both Homer and Atwood convey the idea that the Sirens pose a detrimental role through the application of imagery and diction. The poem “Sirens Song” alludes to the Sirens of the Odyssey. The Sirens’ portrayal is to deceive as they scheme and seduce men in their direction. The author claims, “The song that forces men to leap overboard in squadrons even though they see beached skulls.” In other words,
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The poem states “ No one knows the songs sang by the sirens those who have heard it are either dead or have forgotten.” (Atwood 1) The Siren song written by Margaret Atwood, informs, the reader the lyrics of the song that makes men jump overboard in squadrons. Written in 1974, The Siren Song was a reprint from Houghton Mifflin’s original poem. The poem gives the imagery of the sirens and the effects of the song. The song is irresistible to men because of the sirens crying for help to get out of their curse. Margaret Atwood
Everyone knows the Greek myth of Odysseus and his long journey to return home. On this journey, recorded in Homer’s “The Odyssey”, Odysseus encountered the mythical and deadly Sirens. In Homer’s text, Odysseus braves the enchanting songs of the horrible temptresses. In Margaret Atwood’s rendition titled “Siren Song”, though, the Sirens are more humanized, and the satirical writing turns the Sirens into bored singers who hate their jobs. 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.